“The purpose of critical appraisal is to determine the scientific merit of a research report and its applicability to clinical decision making.”1 Conducting a critical appraisal of a study is imperative to any well executed evidence review, but the process can be time consuming and difficult.2 The critical appraisal process requires “a methodological approach coupled with the right tools and skills to match these methods is essential for finding meaningful results.”3 In short, it is a method of differentiating good research from bad research.
1. Portney LG. Foundations of clinical research : applications to evidence-based practice. Fourth edition. ed. Philadelphia: F A Davis; 2020.