Available Until 12/31/2024

Critical Appraisal of Case Control Studies (Recording)

Critical appraisal has become an absolutely crucial health science librarian skill. In this webinar, you’ll learn from Amy Blevins and Laura Menard, two of MLAs resident critical appraisal experts, how to identify, appraise, and interpret case control studies--one of the most important clinical research study types. In the process, you'll learn basic tenets of evidence-based practice and skills you can apply to other study types and teach to others.

If you are new to critical appraisal, Amy and Laura will ease your learning journey by taking you step-by-step through the process of appraising a case control study. If you have critical appraisal experience, you’ll benefit from their systematic approach to what can be a complicated study type.

You’ll leave the webinar with a toolkit that will enable you to evaluate a case control study, a simple guide to interpreting case control study results, and an understanding of common measures for reporting the results of a case control study... and with skills you that enable you to increase your impact in your workplace!

The skills that you gain in this webinar will allow you to both assess the quality of case control studies as well as teach others to critically appraise medical research.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a case-control study design and distinguish it from related designs
  • Explain what constitutes sound methodology in a case-control study
  • Evaluate the methodology and results of case control studies
  • Interpret the findings of case control studies
  • Teach others how to appraise case control studies



Health sciences librarians in academic and hospital settings and all other health information professionals who search for clinical research, teach evidence-based practice, or who want to develop skills in evidence-based medicine or evidence-based practice.



Amy Blevins PhotoAmy Blevins oversees research, liaison, education, and data services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM)–Indianapolis. Since 2017, Ms. Blevins has served as the thread leader for evidence-based medicine (EBM) for IUSM. In addition to teaching MLA webinars, Ms. Blevins is a founding instructor for the Critical Appraisal Institute for Librarians and has been involved with other nationally recognized EBM workshops. She has worked on more than fourteen published systematic reviews and co-edited the book, Curriculum-Based Library Instruction: From Cultivating Faculty Relationships to Assessment.


Laura MenardLaura Menard is the assistant director for medical education and access services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library of the Indiana School of Medicine, Indianapolis. She designs EBM curriculum components, delivers instruction, and trains colleagues on new concepts and instruction best practices. She has served as a librarian coach for several nationally-recognized EBP institutes and workshops, including Duke and McMaster.




Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the recorded webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

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