Literature searching and critical appraisal workshops

A series of FREE workshops have been developed to support NHS staff who are undertaking research, guidelines development, writing for publication/presentation, journal clubs, or who just simply want to know how to find relevant journal articles to support their working practice. All workshops support the NHS Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF), Evidence Based Practice and CPD. Staff employed by University Hospital Aintree, The Walton Centre or Sefton PCT staff can attend. Places are limited so book early!

Introduction to Critical Appraisal and Study Designs NEW FOR 2010
Introduction to critical appraisal and the key features of common types of study designs. Learn how to identify the research methodology and locate appropriate critical appraisal tools.

Wednesday 13th January 2010    10.00am – 12.00pm

Introduction to Interpreting Statistics for Critical Appraisal NEW FOR 2010
To provide a comprehensive introductory overview of basic statistics and how to interpret statistics for critical appraisal. (NB – this is not a session on how to calculate statistics or interpret statistical tests such as Mann-Whitney, Kappa, etc).

Friday 15th January 2010          10.00am – 12.00pm

Introduction to Systematic Reviews/Meta-analysis Critical Appraisal Workshop
Learn about systematic review sources, how to interpret forest plots and how to appraise a Systematic Review/Meta-analysis using a practical example and checklists.

Friday 5th February 2010             9.30am – 3.30pm

Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) Critical Appraisal Workshop
Introduction to RCT sources and how to evaluate an RCT research article using a practical example and checklists.

Wednesday 27th January 2010    9.30am – 3.30pm

Introduction to Qualitative Critical Appraisal
Introduction to the appraisal of qualitative research using a worked example.

Wednesday 10th February 2010   10.00am – 12.00pm

Introduction to Searching the Healthcare Databases (Medline)
Learn how to conduct an effective literature search in Medline to find relevant journal articles. Hands-on practice session.

Wednesday 9th December 2009  9.30am – 12.00pm                      

Tuesday 2nd February 2010         9.30am – 12.00pm

Introduction to The Cochrane Library
Beginners guide to searching The Cochrane Library, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Central Register of Controlled Clinical Trials. Hands-on practice session.

Tuesday 19th January 2010         10.00am – 11.30am                      

Introduction to Health Information on the Internet 
Learn about some of the most useful information resources to support evidence based practice including systematic reviews and guidelines. Hands-on practice session.

Friday 12th February 2010           10.00am – 12.00pm                  

Accessing Full-text Journal Articles NEW FOR 2009/10
Have a reference for a journal article and don’t know where to locate it? This session is a quick guide and will point you in the right direction to find the full-text.

Thursday 21st January 2010        12.00pm-12.30pm

Tuesday 16th February 2010        1pm-1.30pm

Library Inductions and Refreshers NEW FOR 2009/10
Available upon request.

All workshops are held in the IT Suite in the Library, Clinical Science Centre, University Hospital Aintree. For more information or to book a place contact Michelle Maden, Clinical Information Specialist on 0151 529 6418 or email