>Reviewing and Understanding Clinical Papers

  • Venue: DSRU, Bursledon Hall, Southampton
  • Date: 12 Sep - 13 Sep 2018
  • Cost per delegate:
    • Or £166.66 + VAT academic

      (NHS, academic units, public sector organisations, registered charities, students)

    • Or £233.34 + VAT standard

      (standard registration)

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Clinical Papers


Clinical papers present strong arguments for research evidence. It is important to examine papers in a systematic and objective way in terms of quality, validity, and relevance of results in specific situations. The Reviewing and Understanding Clinical Papers course provides an overview of the process of objective review of medical and scientific literature. Senior professionals from a variety of backgrounds and organisations will be on hand to facilitate the learning process. As well as incorporating theoretical elements, the programme includes interactive sessions enabling delegates to draw their own evidence based conclusions.

This course is aimed at:
• Pharmaceutical industry personnel from areas including pharmacovigilance, clinical research, medical affairs, medical writing, regulatory affairs, medical information, post-marketing product support and safety
• Candidates about to sit postgraduate exams with assessment of critical appraisal skills as a component eg. in pharmaceutical medicine
• Staff from regulatory authorities
• General practice or public health personnel
• NHS, NHS R&D and other research organisations and agency staff including researchers, doctors, nurses, medical information pharmacists, pharmaceutical advisors or other professions allied to medicine

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Please note that the course dates and programme may be subject to change.

This course is endorsed by UKCPA and recognised by PharmaTrain.                                                                                                                                     

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“Very useful in consolidating theory to use in practice. Has definitely taught me skills I can use in my job and even life” Reviewing and Understanding a Clinical Paper Delegate 2017

“Excellent coverage of relevant topics. level of detail brilliant and the workshops related to the presentations.” Reviewing and Understanding a Clinical Paper Delegate 2017

“Speakers very professional with a lot of experience and a very systematic approach.” Reviewing and Understanding a Clinical Paper Delegate 2016

“Excellent content presented in a relaxed informal style.” Reviewing and Understanding a Clinical Paper Delegate 2016

“Fantastic support and education from facilitators in workshops.” Reviewing and Understanding a Clinical Paper Delegate 2016

“Excellent introduction with clear speakers. The workshops were excellent for interacting and clarifying unclear issues.” Reviewing and Understanding a Clinical Paper Delegate 2015


  • To provide delegates with an introduction to the principles of evidenced-based medicine (EBM) with emphasis on various types of clinical questions and tools available to answer them
  • To review key pharmacoepidemiological study designs and basic statistical concepts
  • To provide delegates with basic knowledge and the skills needed to formulate research questions and hypotheses, develop research protocols, critically evaluate and analyse scientific and medical journals, and to conduct computerised searches and literature reviews

Programme features:

  • Awareness of key study design and basic statistical concepts
  • Understanding of the critical appraisal process
  • Practical experience in applying critical appraisal
  • Gain additional skills in drawing conclusions on research findings
  • An appreciation of the rationale behind EBM

On successful completion of this course delegates should be able to:

  • Integrate key data for critical appraisal in individual personal practice
  • Assemble appropriate instruments and resources for use in critical appraisal, and apply these tools to appraise published research and judge reliability
  • Formulate and manage effective individual personal information searching skills