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Critical Appraisal Practice Paper 7 (Diagnostic)

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Total marks: 30 Time allowed: 90 mins Paper: Usefulness of 64-slice Cardiac CT Angiography for Diagnosing Acute coronary Syndromes and Predicting Clinical Outcome in Emergency Department Patients with Chest Pain of Uncertain Origin.  Rubinshtein et al    Circulation 2007. 1. Provide a summary / abstract for the paper. (Up to 5 marks) 2. Give the names of three types of bias evident in …

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Critical Appraisal Practice Paper 6 (Therapeutic)

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Total marks: 30 Time allowed: 90 mins Paper: Erythromycin Infusion or Gastric Lavage for Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial Pateron et al  ANNALS EMERG MED • 2011;57:582-589  1. Provide a summary / abstract for the paper. (Up to 5 marks) 2. Give 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses of the study design? (Up to 3 marks) 3. This study randomised individual patients. …

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Critical Appraisal Practice Paper 5 (Diagnostic)

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Total marks: 17 Time allowed: 90 mins   Paper: Initial Salivary Amylase Activity Predicts Malignant Ventricular Arrhythmias and Short Term Prognosis after ST-Segment elevation Myocardial Infarction. Shen et al     Emergency Medical Journal 2011. 1. Provide a summary / abstract for the paper. (Up to 5 marks) 2. Give three strengths and three weaknesses of the study design (up to 6 marks) …

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Critical Appraisal Practice Paper 4 (Diagnostic)

Critical Appraisal Practice Paper 4

Total marks: 23 Time allowed: 90 mins Paper: Mallampati test as a predictor of laryngoscopic view Biomed Pap Med Fac Univ Palacky Olomouc Czech Repub. 2010 Dec;154(4):339-43. 1. Provide a summary / abstract for the paper. (Up to 5 marks) 2. Give three weaknesses of the study design and suggest improvements for these (up to 3 marks) 3. Name one checklist which …

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Critical Appraisal Practice Paper 2 (Diagnostic)

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Total marks: 23 Time allowed: 90mins Paper: High-sensitivity versus conventional troponin in the emergency department for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction  1.      Provide a summary / abstract for the paper. (Up to 5 marks) 2.      Give three strengths and three weaknesses of the study design (up to 3 marks) 3.      Explain why this study may have been subject …

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Critical appraisal for Emergency Medicine series by Steve Goodacre: A must read before your Critical Appraisal preparation

Skill in critical appraisal has always been valued in our specialty because it is essential for the practice of evidence-based emergency medicine. The new series of six papers written by Steve Goodacre will therefore be welcomed by both trainees and trainers alike. They provide a fresh, lucid and succinct description of the important aspects of this topic with the important points reinforced by examples from emergency medicine. The section covering evaluation …

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