Evaluating relevance

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  • Format Lessons, Texts
  • Language/s English
  • Target Audience Further education
  • EBM Stage 4 - Decision making
  • Duration <5 mins
  • Difficulty Introductory

Key Concepts addressed


We feel that evaluating the relevance of a study is the first step in critically reading a paper. This directly relates to whether you can (or should) apply the results of the paper to the care of your patients. One of the first questions you should ask is whether the treatment is feasible. If you can’t do it or refer a patient for it, the treatment is irrelevant to your practice, and you can ignore the paper.

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