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Stanford University

Thinking Critically: Interpreting Randomized Clinical Trials

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Internet Enduring Material Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by the Department of Health Research and Policy (Division of Epidemiology) at Stanford University School of Medicine

This course seeks to fulfill the clinical community’s need to improve skills in the critical evaluation of clinical research papers. Competency in critical appraisal skills can have a significant impact by improving clinical practice, quality of research projects, and peer-review of manuscripts and grants. The course will utilize efficient and engaging videos with relevant clinical examples to cover essential research methodology principles. The online format will provide opportunities for self-paced learning and practicing critical appraisal of a variety of published studies that evaluate benefit, harm, and prognosis.


In support of improving patient care, Stanford Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation
American Medical Association (AMA)

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you would like to earn CME credit from Stanford University School of Medicine for participating in this course, please review the information here prior to beginning the activity.

Taught by

Rita Popat


4.8 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • This could either be a concise introduction to analyzing randomized clinical trials (RCTs), or a short review for those looking for a refresher on the topic. I hope future editions of this course will provide a more expansive view of the various sub-types of RCTs and contexts where this design could be implemented.
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    Takudzwa Brendon
    This is good . Really trains you to think like pro.
    L hope l become the father of ideas becoz l can see my selve in 5 yes as a pro a legend . Imagine with such knowledge the impowerment of the future kids will be more than adorable.It will be perfect, designing a race of success, ending poverty and knowing the solution to a better society is balancing the communist ideology and capitalist ideology. As they say its not the ideology but people shape the ideology in their manner of interests
  • Shubhangi Bassi
    A very informative and engaging course. Easy to understand and builds up the knowledge. Good for beginners and especially for students those who are interested in research.
  • Barbara Bonamassa

    Barbara Bonamassa completed this course.

  • Anonymous
    A very good free course for beginners. I am vert happy that i found this course. it was exactly what i was looking for. thank you so much class central.

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