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Critical Appraisal: Appraising a Systematic Review – Migraine

Categories: CC21, Common Competences, Critical Appraisal, Learning Session


Description: This session deals with the critical appraisal of a meta-analysis of a treatment for a common emergency presentation.

Duration: 1 hour

Learning Objectives

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Define the levels of evidence
  • Recognise what makes a good search
  • Outline the reasons for performing a meta-analysis
  • Distinguish between a systematic review and a narrative review
  • Describe heterogeneity and the measures used to assess it
  • Describe publication bias and the measures used to assess it

Module References

Refer to the following for additional information:

  • Greenhalgh T. How to Read a Paper. 3rd edn. BMJ Publishing Group, 2001.
  • Goodacre S. Critical appraisal for emergency medicine: 6 systematic reviews. EMJ 2009;26(2):114-117.
  • The Centre For Evidence Based Medicine. View website []
  • Klasser T, Jadad A, Moher D. Guides for reading and interpreting systematic reviews. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 1998;158:700-704.


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