Critical appraisal checklists

Our checklists are critical appraisal tools to help identify the many ways that error and bias can distort research results.

We have used our own experience and research to develop a collection of checklists, designed to support the critical reading of a research study.

Forms can help assess any potential sources of bias in the research study that can be recorded in a narrative summary. Some checklists will also lead to a summary quality score and these are marked [SCORE].

We have also included other checklists, which our team have found useful for different types of research study.

  • PRISMA for systematic reviews
  • CONSORT for randomised controlled trials
  • STROBE for observational studies
  • STARD statement [STAndards for the Reporting of Diagnostic test accuracy studies]
  • PRESS EBC Checklist for Peer Review of Electronic Search Strategies

Feedback or suggestions

If you have any feedback and suggestions for improvement, please contact us:

Specialist Unit for Review Evidence

Specialist Unit for Review Evidence