The ability to read critically is a skill that requires training and practice. Once acquired, it is a life-long habit that is automatic. With practice, one becomes discerning... perhaps even skeptical. Virtually, all studies and reports have flaws. This does not mean that they have no value. Carefully done studies make a contribution to the overall body of evidence regarding the determinants of disease. How one weighs the evidence depends upon these habits of critical review.
After completing this module, the student will be able to:
- Explain the purpose of the different parts of a scientific article
- Identify appropriate questions to ask, depending on the type of paper under consideration