Training in critical appraisal skills: Authors' reply

Khamis Elessi, Loai Albarqouni, Paul Glasziou, Iain Chalmers

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Most people would agree that research is needed to improve health care, but to what extent has research really improved health care for patients? It has been estimated that at least 85% of all investment in biomedical research is avoidably wasted.
In our previous Correspondence, we suggested that poorly conceptualised and supervised research done by medical students contributes to this waste, and we suggested that investment should instead be used to promote the skills needed for critical appraisal of research. We itemised the changes reflecting this view that were made by the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, to their medical curriculum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e60
Number of pages1
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number10229
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2020


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