Critical appraisal is the careful and systematical examination of the research to judge its trustworthiness, its value and relevance in a particular context (Burls, 2009).
Critical appraisal is performed for each study that you include in the review.
Each of the following initiatives contain checklists to help critically appraise different study types (RCT, cohort, case control etc.). They can also be helpful when appraising your own work
|The EQUATOR Network||Reporting guidelines for main study types|
|Critical Appraisal Skills Programme||Critical appraisal tools designed to be used when reading research|
|Critical Appraisal Tools (Joanna Briggs Institute)||Critical appraisal tools designed to be used when reading research|