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Critical Appraisal Resources for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

Nursing Research/EBP Textbooks

Copies of the following textbooks are available on Reserve at the Mulford Library.  Please ask a staff member at the 4th Floor front desk to retrieve them for you.  

BSN and RN-BSN Programs:

MSN, GEM, and DNP Programs:

Recommended Books on Critical Appraisal

What is Critical Appraisal?

Critical appraisal is an essential and important step in the evidence-based practice (EBP) process.  It involves analyzing and critiquing the methodology and data of published research studies (both quantitative and qualitative designs) to determine the value, reliability, trustworthiness, and relevance of those studies in answering a clinical question.  

                                                           

Definitions of critical appraisal are provided below:

  • “Judging the quality of information in terms of its validity and degree of bias (quantitative research) and credibility and dependability (qualitative research). This is a critical step in the evidence-based practice process” (Hopp & Rittenmeyer, 2021, p. 360).

  • “During appraisal, the study design, how the research was conducted, and the data analysis are all scrutinized to ensure that the study was sound” (Schmidt & Brown, 2019, p. 405).

  • “Critical appraisal is an assessment of the benefits and strengths of research against its flaws and weaknesses” (Holly, Salmond, & Saimbert, 2012, p. 147).

References

Holly, C., Salmond, S.W., & Saimbert, M. (2012). Comprehensive systematic review for advanced nursing practice. New York: Springer.

Hopp, L., & Rittenmeyer, L. (2021). Introduction to evidence-based practice: A practical guide for nursing. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

Schmidt, N.A., & Brown, J.M. (2019). Evidence-based practice for nurses: Appraisal and application of research. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett. 

Critical Appraisal Tools

A variety of critical appraisal tools are available from different organizations to help guide you through the appraisal process.

The following links will connect you to these tools. 

VIDEO: Learn more about the Joanna Briggs Institute

The Joanna Briggs Institute is a non-profit, international research and development organization for the promotion and implementation of evidence-based practice in healthcare.  The JBI Critical Appraisal Checklists are utilized the world over by healthcare practitioners and researchers who conduct EBP.  Learn more about JBI by visiting their website or watch the following video: