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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 Tools