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Evidence Synthesis Primer (Part 2) – Evaluating Research Evidence: A How-To Guide

May 12, 2021

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For the clinical scholar, a critical evaluation of research evidence is one of the most important skills to develop. The ability to critically evaluate research evidence improves with practice. A foundation of assessment metrics is critical.

In this workshop, participants will be guided in validity assessment and the assessment of the clinical importance of study findings. The workshop will focus on the critical appraisal of treatment, diagnostic and prognostic evidence.


Select from your evidence library a treatment article, a diagnostic article and a prognostic article. Dr. Daratha’s step by step process for evaluation research evidence can be applied to the research evidence you have selected.


At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate a treatment study
  2. Critically evaluate a diagnostic study
  3. Critically evaluate a prognostic study


  • 12:00-12:05pm – Welcome
  • 12:05-1:25pm – Presentation + Questions and Answer Section
  • 1:25-1:30pm – Thank You and Closing



Kenn Daratha, PhDKenn B. Daratha, PhD is a bioinformatics and biostatistical scientist with an extensive publication record. His industry experience includes Chief Information Officer for a multi-hospital system and lead architect for a data warehouse and decision support system for a large health insurance company. Dr. Daratha has led and mentored research teams in the use of electronic health records (EHR) data in a variety of disciplines for more than 30 years. He is the chief architect on the CURE-CKD registry that stores longitudinal clinical and administrative data on millions of patients extracted from multiple EHRs. He teaches evidence-based practice, research methods and quality improvement courses in the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Gonzaga University Doctoral Program in Nurse Anesthesia.




Institute of Translational Health Sciences