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The team at Superego Cafe have written two of the most popular and well-regarded books on critical appraisal.

The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal is based on the content of the online and classroom critical appraisal courses. The chapters are in the same unique order and teach critical appraisal from first principles assuming no prior knowledge. Journal Club Presentations Made Easy is a smaller book focusing on practical tips for doctors preparing presentations.

Both books are published by PasTest – the leading provider of medical revision books.

The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal (4th edition, 2015)

The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal helps you to develop all the knowledge and skills to appraise clinical research papers effectively.

Working from first principles and assuming no prior knowledge, this tried and trusted guide reviews all you need to know, clearly and concisely.

  • Learn how to identify the strengths and weaknesses of study methods
  • Understand how to interpret results with confidence
  • Appreciate which results can make a real difference to your patients

This latest brand new fourth edition (2015) expands on the award-winning third edition, to include even more useful facts and professional tips. You’ll find the 68 new and updated chapters are structured logically to help build your understanding step-by-step. Each chapter focuses on a single topic in a clear and easy-to-read format.

The Guide can assist you in several different ways:

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest evidence
  • Prepare journal club presentations
  • Plan research projects
  • Essential reading for many postgraduate exams, including MRCPsych, MRCGP, FCEM, FRCS, MRCOG, ISFE, MFPH and FPM
  • Prepare for job interview stations in all specialities

The important principles are supported by clinical scenarios and figures, and the new edition also includes over 70 excerpts from real papers to illustrate key concepts.

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Journal Club Presentations Made Easy

Authors: Gurpal Gosall & Narinder Gosall
Publisher: PasTest
Published: 2010, 1st edition
Format: 56 pages
ISBN-10: 1905635656

The growing importance of an evidence-based approach to clinical practice is reflected in the emergence of journal clubs as a routine fixture in the academic meetings in many hospitals. The format of these journal clubs varies but most commonly a doctor is asked to critically appraise and present a research article. Unfortunately many doctors never receive guidance and the standard of many presentations falls short.

Journal Club Presentations Made Easy is the step-by-step guide you have been waiting for. Its unique practical approach will help you to easily and quickly produce content of the highest quality. As well as detailed advice about the information to extract from the methods and results sections of clinical papers, it contains sample slides and speaker notes to help you improve your own delivery. Impress your audience with a presentation that is concise, focused and relevant.

The first edition is now out of print. New edition coming soon!

Short exercises workbook

Publisher: The Critical Appraisal Company
Published: 2016, 3rd edition | Format: 52 A4 colour pages

The workbook contains over 50 short exercises based on extracts of clinical papers. Each page or spread in the workbook deals with just one topic. Every topic is referenced to the pages in The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisalbook and the relevant module in the Critical Appraisal Online Course.

This workbook is not for sale and is used exclusively in the Critical Appraisal Masterclass and Workshop.

Clinical papers workbook

Publisher: The Critical Appraisal Company
Published: 2016, 2nd edition | Format: 60 A4 colour pages

Contains 8 complete clinical papers highlighted using colour to aid learning. Study designs include a case-control study, three randomised controlled trials, a prognostic study, a diagnostic study and two meta-analyses.

This workbook is not for sale! It is available exclusively to delegates of the Critical Appraisal Workshop.

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