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Understanding a Study
The Study Design 101 is design to help you understand the different kinds of studies and each studies strengths and weaknesses.
Studying a Study
Studying a Study online
The Studying a Study module will give you hands-on step-by-step practice reading clinical research. It will build on the material presented in the Studying a Study section of the book Studying a study and testing a test: How to read the medical evidence (5th ed.) by Riegelman.
Riegelman, R. K. (2005). Studying a study and testing a test: How to read the medical evidence (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Web site: Look at the URL
Before using a web site look at the URL (web address) to identify the producer of the web site, and its purpose.
Look at the last final syllable in the domain name to evaluate who produced the site:
.gov = Government agency
.net = Internet Service Provider
.com = Commercial site
.edu = Higher education
.mil= Military site
.~ = ("tilde") Personal
.org = Organization
Is it Peer-Reviewed?
A peer reviewed journal is one in which articles are submitted to researchers who are experts in the field and its content and references are evaluated for accuracy before they are published.
Peer-reviewed journals will have the following:
- Abstract at the beginning of the article
- Author(s) identity and affilation
- References at the end of the article
Critical Appraisal of Research Articles