Instant Evidence Based Medicine: How to Critically Appraise Research

1 day course:  Tuesday, 22nd September 2020


1 day course: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020


Start: 9:30am with registration, for a prompt course start at 10am.

Finish: 4pm


£199 - Early Bird Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on Wednesday, 22nd July 2020.

£299 - Standard Rate for confirmed booking received on or after 11pm on Tuesday, 8th September 2020.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on Tuesday, 8th September 2020.

Booking and Payment

Bookings are now open for this ScHARR short course.  All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you select the Invoice Option and ensure you have your Purchase Order details before making your booking. Bookings are NOT confirmed until receipt of the Purchase Order is received at

Bookings will close automatically at 11pm on Tuesday, 8th September 2020.

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Accommodation and Meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day plus all course materials (provided via Website and on USB) and teaching fees. 

No accommodation is included.  We do however, have a preferential rate of £70 at Halifax Hall and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall.  Details are automatically provided upon receipt of your booking or contact Karen Holden at for further details.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield.  S10 3ER.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at

or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.

What is it about?

This course will look at how to understand and appraise research articles. We will learn how to quickly read a paper and grasp its key findings, how to interpret and understand key data, how to appraise a paper’s methods and assess its usefulness and value. We will look at ‘internal validity’ - how close the research has got to the ‘truth’, and ‘external validity’ - can the research be usefully applied in our own work situation? Overall the course aims to help you become a better user of research.

During the day we will look at a typical healthcare scenario where evidence could inform decision-making, then appraise a paper - looking for key findings and assessing its suitability and applicability to the scenario. We will also look at numerous tools available to help with the appraisal process.

Who Will Benefit from the Course?

Anyone who uses or would like to use research more in their work, or who would like to
build quickly build confidence in reading and interpreting research, including:

● Academics & Researchers
● Health and social care clinicians/practitioners
● Post graduate students
● Health Librarians and Information Specialists

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Course Faculty

Angie Rees