Critical Appraisal for Psychiatrists


  • Stephen Lawrie, MD(Hons) HonFRCP(Ed) FRCPsych, Head, Division of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Edinburgh; Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, UK
  • Andrew McIntosh, BSc(Hons) MSc MPhil MD MBChB MRCPsych, Clinical Reader in Psychiatry & Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Division of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh, UK
  • Sanjay Rao, Senior House Officer, Andrew Duncan Clinic, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland

A short introduction to critical appraisal, research methods and statistics in psychistry, aimed in particular at trainees sitting the MRCPsych and similar exams.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2000
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07017-4

Table of Contents

A rationale for EBMH. Clinical governance. Information needs in everyday clinical practice. Asking clinical questions. Getting answers. Resources. Designing a research project. Case reports, series and uncontrolled studies. Surveys. Clincal audit.Qualitative studies. Case-control studies. Cohort studies. Clinical trials. Economic analysis. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Types of data. Rates. Probability. Parametric and non-parametric statistics. Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Camparing groups. Relationships between groups. Multivariate statistics. Meta-analysis statistics. Critical appraisal diagnosis, treatment, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, prognosis, economics, guidelines, aetiology/harm, clinical audit. Mock exam papers.