How to Appraise the Literature: Randomised Controlled Trials

16th January 2024, 19:00 to 20:00 GMT


This webinar, aimed at early career dentists, will provide a practical introduction to the critical appraisal of randomised controlled trials.

Critical appraisal is the systematic evaluation of clinical research papers and is key to establishing the validity, generalizability and relevance of dental literature. It is a key skill to master and can be assessed during dental interviews, examinations and during specialty training, across all dental disciplines. This webinar will serve as an introductory guide to understanding and approaching appraisal of randomised controlled trials with confidence.


This webinar will discuss the principles to critically appraise randomised controlled trials with regard to evidence-based dentistry.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, attendees should be able to:

  • Develop effective techniques for critically appraising randomised controlled trials.
  • Gain an understanding of the important methodological and statistical techniques utilised in randomised controlled trials.

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Our panellists include:

  • Dr Alice Duke BSc BChD MChD MFDS(Ed) MSc - StR in Restorative Dentistry, Aberdeen Dental Hospital and Insitite of Dentistry, StR in Restorative Dentistry with an interest in evidence-based dentistry having recently successfully passed Part A Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination in Critical Appraisal.

  • Grant McIntyre - Grant McIntyre is Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Grant is also a Consultant / Honorary Professor in Orthodontics at Dundee Dental Hospital and Research School and Honorary Treasurer for the British Orthodontic Society.

    Grant’s clinical interests are primarily orthodontic care for patients with cleft lip and palate and dentofacial deformity. Grant is an active researcher participating in trials, reviews and other investigations; and through supervision of multiple masters and doctorate students over the years, Grant has made a large contribution to over 120 papers with research collaborations involving Cork, Dublin, UK, China, South Africa and Australia.


1 Hour

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A recording of the webinar will be made available on this page in the days following the live broadcast.

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