Appraisal of cross-sectional studies
Many critical appraisal tools exist for various types of study (e.g. CASP , CEBM and AMSTAR) but there is no validated tool for cross-sectional studies, which are common in the veterinary literature. The aim of this study was to develop a tool for the critical appraisal of cross-sectional studies.
A framework for critical appraisal of cross-sectional studies was identified by the CEVM, and a Delphi panel of experts in evidence-based medicine and epidemiology was then established. The Delphi panel was used to reach a consensus on the questions that should be included in a critical appraisal tool for cross-sectional studies.
- A 20 point appraisal tool has been developed
- A support document compiled to help readers use the tool
A scientific paper detailing this work (including the appraisal tool and help document) has now been published:
Martin Downes, Rachel Dean, Marnie Brennan