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CEBD Summer School: Understanding the Principles of Critically Appraised Topics in Dermatology

C7, King’s Meadow Campus, Lenton Lane, Nottingham NG7 2NR
Friday 8th June 2018 (09:30-16:30)
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Understanding the Principles of Critically Appraised Topics in Dermatology

A highly interactive workshop using clinical scenarios from dermatology


Why attend this course?

The UK dermatology training curriculum states that trainees need to acquire skills and knowledge in “understanding and evaluating published scientific evidence”; “defining sources of evidence-based guidelines for treatments” and “knowing how to use the various online databases to search for scientific evidence.” Critically appraised topics (CATs) are essential tools for clinicians who want to ensure that their daily clinical practice is underpinned by evidence-based medicine. But do you know how to perform a good CAT? This course will enable you to obtain the appropriate training in an informal and supportive environment.


This one day course will provide you with the appropriate skills to answer clinical questions that arise originally from your day-to-day practice. Working in small groups, you will learn the key steps necessary to perform a CAT including finding the best available evidence and critical appraisal of the evidence. By the end of the session you will know how to apply the results to your clinical practice.


£140 (£120 for early bird bookings by 8 May 2018)

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9.30-9.45 Welcome and Introductions (All)

9.45-10.45 Why is Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) important, and why we need CATs?  Hywel Williams

Objective: to gain an overview of EBM and understand the definition and rationale of a CAT

  • Definition of EBM
  • Why do we need CATs?
  • How do CATs differ from systematic reviews?
  • Formation of a PICO question from clinical scenarios sent in (Group work exercise)

10-45-11 Coffee C1

11-12.45 Finding the best available evidence  Douglas Grindlay

Objective: to develop insights and rudimentary skills in the process of literature searching

  • Developing search terms for PICO
  • How to use Cochrane Central and other useful sources (e.g. GREAT, CEBD’s maps of reviews)
  • Searching the literature using a PICO question (Group work exercise)

12.45-130 Lunch C1

1.30-3.00 Critical appraisal of the evidence Carsten Flohr/Jonathan Batchelor/Sonia Ratib

Objective: to understand how to evaluate published studies

  • Brief overview of how to assess internal and external validity of trials
  • Interactive exercise – critical appraisal of papers found (Group work exercise)

3.00-3.15 Coffee C1

3.15-4.00 Interpreting and applying the results Carsten Flohr/Jonathan Batchelor

Objective: to learn how to interpret and apply results to the original case scenario

4.00-4.30                    Where do you go from here? Carsten Flohr/Hywel Williams

Objective: to learn how to publish your CAT



  • Professor Hywel Williams - Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology & Co-Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology (CEBD)
  • Dr Douglas Grindlay - Information Specialist at the CEBD
  • Dr Carsten Flohr –Consultant Dermatologist, Reader at St John’s Institute of Dermatology & Section Editor of the British Journal of Dermatology
  • Dr Jonathan Batchelor - Consultant Dermatologist & Honorary Assistant Professor at the CEBD
  • Dr Sonia Ratib - Assistant Professor in Medical Statistics at the CEBD




Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

The University of Nottingham
King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 823 1048