Demo: Critical Appraisal of a Randomized Controlled Trial
We recently had a great opportunity to listen to a live demonstration of a critical appraisal of a randomized controlled trial conducted by Dr. Brian Alper, Founder of DynaMed; Vice President of EBM Research and Development, Quality & Standards at EBSCO Information Services.
Dr. Alper is extremely knowledgeable about critical appraisal and does an outstanding job clearly describing key issues concerning his selected study for review. We are fortunate to have permission to share the recorded webinar with you.
“Learn How to Critically Appraise a Randomized Trial with Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP”
Below are details of how to access the study that was used in the demo and how to access the webinar itself.
The study used for the demonstration is Primary Prevention Of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet. Full citation is here—
Estruch R, Ros E, Salas-Salvadó J, Covas MI, Corella D, Arós F, Gómez-Gracia E, Ruiz-Gutiérrez V, Fiol M, Lapetra J, Lamuela-Raventos RM, Serra-Majem L, Pintó X, Basora J, Muñoz MA, Sorlí JV, Martínez JA, Martínez-González MA; PREDIMED Study Investigators. Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease with a Mediterranean diet. N Engl J Med. 2013 Apr 4;368(14):1279-90. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1200303. Epub 2013 Feb 25. PubMed PMID: 23432189.
Access to the study for the critical appraisal demo is available here:
The Webinar: 1 Hour
For those of you who have the ability to play WebEx files or can download the software to do so, the webinar can be accessed here—
Important: It takes about 60 seconds before the webinar starts. (Be sure your sound is on.)
More Chances to Learn about Critical Appraisal
There is a wealth of freely available information to help you both learn and accomplish critical appraisal tasks as well as other evidence-based quality improvement activities. Our website is www.delfini.org. We also have a little book available for purchase for which we are getting rave reviews and which is now being used to train medical and pharmacy residents and is being used in medical, pharmacy and nursing schools.
Delfini Evidence-based Practice Series Guide Book
Basics for Evaluating Medical Research Studies: A Simplified Approach (And Why Your Patients Need You to Know This)
Delfini Recommends DynaMed™
We highly recommend DynaMed. Although we urge readers to be aware that there is variation in all medical information sources, as members of the DynaMed editorial board (unpaid), we have opportunity to participate in establishing review criteria as well as getting a closer look into methods, staff skills, review outcomes, etc., and we think that DynaMed is a great resource. Depending upon our clinical question and project, DynaMed is often our starting point.
About DynaMed™ from the DynaMed Website
DynaMed™ is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources with validity, relevance and convenience, making DynaMed an indispensable resource for answering most clinical questions during practice.
Updated daily, DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence. Through this process of Systematic Literature Surveillance, the best available evidence determines the content of DynaMed.
Who Uses DynaMed
DynaMed is used in hospitals, medical schools, residency programs, group practices and by individual clinicians supporting physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physical therapists, medical researchers, students, teachers and numerous other health care professionals at the point-of-care.