Working with evidence

DSCF0651Additional Training Opportunities

This is just a reminder that East Cheshire staff may access training courses provided at other library venues besides our own here in New Alderley House. This is due to a reciprocal arrangement between ourselves, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester.

Stepping Hill currently has free courses on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Literature Searching
  • Introduction to Critical Appraisal with statistics
  • In-depth Literature Searching
  • The Cochrane Library
  • Using PubMed effectively

Courses at UHSM have yet to be published.

See our webpage for dates and times

Don’t forget for 1:1 training on updating or developing your evidence search skills using the healthcare databases (HDAS), NICE or Cochrane, please get in touch with one of our Outreach Librarians.  Contact Carole Keeling if you are based at the Trust or Steve Collman for any community based staff or students.

 

Finding and Appraising Evidence

Searching for evidence is one thing but making sure what you find is accurate, up-to-date, and evidence based from a reputable source are all important factors which need to be considered.

Here is an excellent site which will guide you through the critical appraisal process of published research.

health_knowledgeFinding and Appraising the Evidence – by Amanda Burls and Anne Brice

BMJ: How to read a paper

14 January 2013

readiconHow to read a paper

A big ‘thank you’ to the BMJ who have identified a number of very useful articles that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers:

Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

Autumn training options

The Staff Library offers training and support to staff and students through the following courses which are arranged at times and dates to suit individuals or small groups.  Our new course for the Autumn is An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training.  However, if anyone requires assistance with creating a presentation, using the Internet safely, setting up an email or Athens account please contact us on 01625 66 3923.

Introduction to the Cochrane Library (1.5 hours)
This course aims to instruct staff in effective literature searching using the Cochrane Library and will cover keyword and MESH search, combining search terms, saving search histories and printing/saving results.

Introduction to NHS Evidence & Basic Literature Searching (2 hours)
This course is for staff who wish to learn the basics of literature searching using healthcare databases and will include a brief introduction to the NHS Evidence web portal. No previous experience necessary.

An Introduction to Critical Appraisal Training
We offer courses which examine critical appraisal of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or qualitative research. You will summarise the key features of the research type, identify tools to help appraise the research and carry out an appraisal of a relevant paper selected by the Library team. No previous experience is needed.

To book a place on any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements, please contact Library Staff on 01625 66 3923.

Best Bets – Best Evidence Topics

For a list of the Best Evidence Topics, this website provides a list of critical appraisal topics for download by PDF.  Go to http://www.bestbets.org/links/BET-CA-worksheets.php

Some of the latest BETs include (zoom to read) or click here:

CASPb: Crib Sheets for Critical Appraisal

The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) was developed in Oxford in 1993 and has over the past ten years helped to develop an evidence based approach in health and social care, working with local, national and international partner organisations.

CASP’s workshops and resources aim to help participants put knowledge into practice by learning how to systematically formulate questions, find research evidence, appraise research evidence and act on research evidence.

One of the resources worth noting on their website – Crib Sheets

Cribsheets are core questions that aid you to critically appraise a research paper.

http://medweb4.bham.ac.uk/websites/caspb/cribsheets/

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