Program Session

11 - A Guide to Critical Appraisal Tools and Reporting Guidelines: Matching Purpose and Type of Evidence with the Appropriate Tool

Monday, May 29
11:25 AM - 11:30 AM
Room: 612

Objectives: This project reports on the creation of a guide to the often overwhelming terrain of critical appraisal tools and reporting guidelines. This guide will help both novice and experienced nurse researchers quickly select the best tool(s) to use for critical appraisal and the reporting of research.

Methods: The critical appraisal of evidence is an essential step for nurses who are designing an evidence-based project, quality improvement project, or research study. Nurses need to be able to efficiently locate and use critical appraisal tools and reporting guidelines. There are a plethora of critical appraisal tools and reporting guidelines available, from tools that are specific to an individual methodology or study type, to more generic tools that can be applied to many types of evidence. The co-authors of this project found that graduate and doctoral nursing students struggled with selecting appropriate critical appraisal tools, and a clear, easy to understand guide was needed. A comprehensive search was conducted to identify commonly used critical appraisal tools and reporting guidelines in nursing. 

Results:  Selected tools were evaluated, summarized in plain language, and categorized based on the study type they were developed for. This guide includes a clear description of each tool, as well as a table that allows researchers to quickly and easily identify an appropriate tool. 


Conclusion: The guide has not yet been evaluated, but we expect it will improve students' ability to identify critical appraisal tools. 

Keywords: evidence based practice
critical appraisal
reporting guidelines
nursing education



Program Session

Claire O. Sharifi

Reference Librarian: Liaison to School of Nursing & Health Professions
Gleeson Library/ Reference Department
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California

I am a reference librarian at the University of San Francisco's Gleeson Library | Geschke Center in San Francisco, California. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from San Francisco State University, and I received my MLIS from San Jose State University in 2009. After completing my MLIS, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the University of Pittsburgh’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Science Librarianship. This year long program proved to be an incredibly valuable educational experience. I have been employed at Gleeson Library for the last 5 years as the liaison to the School of Nursing and Health Professions, as well as the Departments of Biology and Chemistry.

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Robin Buccheri

Professor
School of Nursing and Health Professions
San Francisco, California

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