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Evidence-Based Dentistry

Resources to aid oral health providers in making clinical decisions

Definition

Critical Appraisal
A process followed by the ADA's EBD experts to evaluate the strength and content of a systematic review or clinical research article. The process of critical appraisal results in a Critical Summary intended to focus on the clinical utility or application of the systematic review findings. This process includes:

  1. Examining whether the results are valid and unbiased;
  2. Understanding and evaluating the report of the results;
  3. Deciding whether these results can be applied to your patient(s).

Critical Appraisal Worksheets

Using worksheets available from Knowledge Translation Canada will allow you to evaluate and determine validity of the evidence you collect.

Knowledge Translation Canada has created an Evidence-Based Medicine Toolbox, complete with example scenarios and the critical appraisal worksheets mentioned above.

The links below will download Microsoft word (.doc) versions of each worksheet. 

Articles about Critically Appraising Research