How to critically appraise an article

  title={How to critically appraise an article},
  author={Jane M. Young and Michael J. Solomon},
  journal={Nature Clinical Practice Gastroenterology \&Hepatology},
Critical appraisal is a systematic process used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a research article in order to assess the usefulness and validity of research findings. The most important components of a critical appraisal are an evaluation of the appropriateness of the study design for the research question and a careful assessment of the key methodological features of this design. Other factors that also should be considered include the suitability of the statistical methods used… 
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