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Evidence-Based Practice: Appraise

This guide will help you work through the process of Evidence-Based Practice.

Appraise

After you have collected the relevant articles, you will now assess the quality of the research method described in the article.

Hierarchy of Research Designs

Identify what type or category of research question your clinical question is and which research designs could best "prove" the research question type or category. You can use Critical Appraisal Tools (CATs)/Reporting Guidelines to help you evaluate the article/study's research methodology. There are many CATs/Reporting Guidelines available for use. Click the links of the individual study designs to take you to a list of CATs/Reporting Guidelines for that study design or click the links to the individual research questions categories to take you to a list of CATs/Reporting Guidelines for that research question category. Scroll down for more CATs/Reporting Guidelines.

For more information about the research designs, review Understanding Research Design or Evaluating Complex Health Interventions: A Guide to Rigorous Research Designs.

Research Question Categories

Research Designs

Study Design Hiearachy

Linking Research Question Category with Research Designs

Identify which are the most valid research designs that can "prove" the research question with the understanding that there may not be much research done on that research question.

 

Critical Appraisal Tools/Reporting Guidelines for Quantitative Studies

There are many tools to help you evaluate the quality of the study methodology. Below is a list of tools or you can click the links above for critical appraisal tools specific for the research question or study design.

Critical Appraisal Tools/Reporting Guidelines for Guidelines