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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 (5th edition, 2020)

Written by two tutors of The Critical Appraisal Company and published by PasTest, The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal is a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the knowledge and skills clinicians need to appraise clinical research papers.

This new edition expands on the award-winning third edition with a modified structure, new and updated chapters, new figures and scenarios, and more help with difficult topics. Also includes excerpts from real clinical papers to illustrate key concepts.

The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal is used worldwide by doctors, dentists, nurses, medical students and researchers. The book can help develop the knowledge and skills to appraise clinical research papers effectively. It provides essential reading for a range of postgraduate examinations, including MRCGP, MRCPsych, FCEM, FRCS, MRCOG, ISFE, MFPH and FPM.

This latest edition of the award-winning book is available at all good bookshops. It is also included with the Critical Appraisal Masterclass and Workshop.

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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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