Appraising Research Papers for Beginners – Quantitative

January 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Louise Levitt
0208 321 5968

This course is for Trust staff only. Due to social distancing, all training is now delivered online using Zoom/MS Teams.The library offers a number of virtual one-to-one or small group training sessions. To book your place on a course contact the Library.

Not all published research is reliable! If you want to be confident reading and utilising published research you need to understand its content and be able to objectively assess its quality.

Run as two separate training sessions (either quantitative or qualitative), the appraising research papers for beginners sessions will equip learners with the basic theory and knowledge of how to appraise quantitative (randomised controlled trial) or qualitative research papers using a mixture of presentations and practical group work.

Learners are required to read a prescribed research paper in advance of attending the session. A copy of the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) checklist will be supplied.  No prior knowledge of critical appraisal or statistical concepts is required.

The session covers the following:

  • Overview of the critical appraisal process
  • Key features of qualitative/quantitative research
  • Interpreting statistics (for quantitative research)
  • Using the CASP checklists to appraise research papers
Posted in
Library News

Library Discovery Tool

Check out our guide for a brief overview, how to access and use the Discovery tool. Trouble accessing or have questions?  Please contact us

BMJ Best Practice, clinical decision support tool is now available. Access it on the Trust intranet without password, access remotely with NHS OpenAthens, download the app to access on mobile devices anywhere. See the  user guide for details.

Access to DynaMed is available via Cerner EPR. Contact us for more details.

Latest Staff Publications lists:

COVID- 19 Staff Publications


CWMH (can download only on the Trust computers)

Institutional Repository of Staff Publications

Latest Health Management Bulletin

BBC News – Health

Pressures on intensive care units are seeing one in 10 patients transferred to a different site.
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.
Delaying second Pfizer doses to give more people their first is "difficult to justify", says BMA.
Inadequate PPE and a new variant may be putting the lives of nurses at risk, says nursing union.
Some of those leading the nation's vaccination effort have told of their experiences.

Open Athens
OpenAthens Registration
NHS Evidence
Health Care Databases  (Login with your OpenAthens)
Journals (Login with your OpenAthens)