How to Critique Primary Research - Alison McIntyre, CCPA and Erin Sephton, CCPA

November 12, 2022 from 8:00am EDT to 8:50am EDT


For new or seasoned practicing Physician Assistants, journal clubs are an excellent way to stay up to date with current research. They are a preferred method of group learning within the medical field but require a degree of analytic skepticism to participate fully. This can seem like a daunting task for those not having studied statistics since their undergraduate degrees. Here we will dissect the components of a journal club and how to prepare and participate with emphasis on critiquing studies. The purpose of this presentation is to understand key definitions, the skeleton of a research study, as well as identifying strengths and weaknesses of a study. Through this discussion, we hope to help build confidence in those wishing to join a journal club and provide additional resources for those who already attend.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize key terms in, and components of, a research study
  2. Identify strengths and limitations of an article or study
  3. Identify whether the conclusions of an article are strong/can be accepted

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