The Introduction to Critical Appraisal education module was designed to introduce Infection Control Practitioners to the Critical Appraisal Toolkit recently developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). PICNet promotes the use of evidence to guide decisions made in health care, and wants to enable its Community of Practice to become skilled at and comfortable in using the Critical Appraisal Toolkit. Other health care professionals who would like to improve on their critical appraisal skills may also find it helpful.

The online modules are intended to refresh your memories on some of the key elements used in critical appraisal so that you will be more confident using PHAC’s toolkit. It is not meant to take the place of a research methods course.

This course has audio, so you will need a computer with speakers or headphones. Estimated duration: Module 1: about 30 min; Modules 2 & 3: about an hour each.

The training module is hosted on the PHSA Learning Hub, where you can track your courses and print a certificate after completion (certificates are not available from the PICNet site). Anyone (from any health authority, or from any non-affiliated site) can create an account on the Learning Hub; all you need to provide is your name and an email address. You can find instructions on how to create an account here. Please note: for any issues with your LearningHub account, including creating/updating your account, completing the modules, and/or printing your certificate, please contact learninghubadmin@phsa.ca, not PICNet. Thanks!

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