Evidence Based Practice - Part 2: Critical Appraisal of Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review Papers

Course Description

This course is designed to expand on the basic knowledge of the application of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).

It is the second in a series and will cover the techniques used to critically appraise research evidence in the form of meta-analysis and systematic review articles. These principles and skills will allow the student to apply current best practice evidence immediately and improve clinical decision making and clinical practice.

This course is designed for learners who are Beginners or are Advanced Beginners in using EBP principles.

Teaching methods for this course will incorporate self-guided text lectures, demonstrations, practice assignments, and a final exam is to be completed at the conclusion of the course.

Course Goal: To be able to critically analyze literature that examines evidence in the form of meta-analysis and systematic review to enhance clinical decision making.

Upon completion of this interactive online course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define & Identify meta-analysis and systematic review articles
  • Identify important components of these types of articles
  • Identify, calculate and interpret statistical measures to determine strength of evidence
  • Perform basic interpretation of research results to answer clinical question