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How to quickly critically appraise a randomized control trial

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Being able to critically appraise scientific papers is an important skill. A thorough and methodical approach is necessary, particularly for peer-review purposes. However, it is also important to be able to do this quickly and efficiently. In some circumstances, students and trainees may be asked to perform a review on an unseen paper as part of an assessment. With apologies to my erstwhile teacher, David Sackett, this brief article offers a framework which will allow a fairly complete review of a randomized controlled trial in 15–20 min. This framework requires a reviewer to assess the Validity, Importance, Applicability, GReatness of benefit and Acceptability of any study and is encompassed by the acronym VIAGRA.

Acceptance Date Dec 9, 2019
Publication Date Dec 9, 2019
Journal Paediatrics and Child Health
Print ISSN 1205-7088
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 57-59
Keywords assessment tools
evidence-based medicine
randomized controlled trial
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