Evidence Based Practice - Health Care: Appraising the Evidence

A guide to evidence based practice resources.
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Evaluating Articles

CASP - Critical Appraisal Skills Programme
Worksheets for:

  • Systematic Reviews
  • Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)
  • Qualitative Research
  • Economic Evaluation Studies
  • Cohort Studies
  • Case Control Studies
  • Diagnostic Test Studies

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine - University of Toronto
Worksheets for:

  • Diagnosis
  • Harm
  • Prognosis
  • Systematic Review
  • Therapy

AGREE - Appraisal of Guidelines for Research & Evaluation
Guidance on evaluation of clinical practice guidelines.

SORT - Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy
Addresses "quality, quantity, and consistency" for rating individual studies.

Evidence Tables

AJN sample table of evidence

NICE examples of evidence tables
Provides templates for evidence reviews.

Calculators and Tools

Online tools to calculate control event rate, relative risk, relative risk reduction, absolute risk reduction, number needed to treat, and confidence intervals.

Critically Appraised Topics (CATs)

Create one-page summaries (CATs - Critically Appraised Topics) of articles on therapy, diagnosis, prognosis, etiology/harm, and systematic reviews of therapy.