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Systematic Review (SR) Service: Critical Appraisal

Collaborate with a MSK Reference Librarian to publish your Systematic Review.

About Critical Appraisal

After the Research Informationist completes the literature search for a Systematic Review, the next step for the researcher is Critical Appraisal. Critical appraisal involves the thorough evaluation of search results to identify the best articles on your topic. Critical Appraisal Tools (CATs) can help. Some of these tools are identified in the box to the right. 

You will probably want to assign a 'level of evidence' and quality score using the tool most appropriate for your topic.

Critical Appraisal Organizations & Tools

  • AGREE (Appraisal of Guidelines, Research and Evaluation in Europe) - international collaboration of researchers and policy makers who seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice guidelines.
  • CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Programme) -  Non profit organization and part of Better Value Healthcare which is based in Oxford, UK. They have developed workshops and tools for critical appraisal covering a wide range of research.
  • CEBM (Centre for Evidence-based Medicine) - Based in Oxford, UK, this centre aims to promote evidence-based health care. and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers and others interested in learning more about EBM.
  • Existing Critical Appraisal Tools - list organized by A MeaSurement Tool to Assess systematic Reviews (AMSTAR).