Journal club support

On this page you will find information on Journal Clubs:


Journal clubs currently running at RJAH supported by the Library

Library staff currently manage an online journal club in collaboration with Elaine Richardson, Acute Pain Sister. To join in online send an email to the library and follow the instructions which are available to download  here.

Library staff also support the MSK CAT group which meets twice yearly at RJAH to support evidence into practice in the fields of physiotherapy and occupational therapy.


Library support

If you are part of a Journal Club, or are considering starting one the Library team can provide the following support –


Cochrane Journal Club

What is the Cochrane Journal Club?

Publishers of the Cochrane Library, who produce independent high-quality evidence for health care decision making also run an online journal club.

How does the Journal Club operate?

  • Sign-up for free and receive alerts for monthly Cochrane Journal Club articles
  • Podcasts – Listen Now to hear the evidence
  • PowerPoint Slides – download or view online
  • Read the original review article full text for free
  • Interactive: Ask the authors a question and receive a reply

More information can be found at their website:


Useful information

Further useful information on the technique of critical appraisal can be found at:


  • CASP

What is CASP?

The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) is a programme within Learning & Development at the Public Health Resource Unit.  Since 1993 the programme has helped to develop an evidence-based approach in health and social care, working with local, national and international groups.

CASP aims to enable individuals to develop the skills to find and make sense of research evidence, helping them to put knowledge into practice.

They have put together a number of Critical Appraisal Tools to help you assess research. Each of the tools presents a number of questions that deal very broadly with some of the principles behind critical appraisal. They are not a definitive guide and further reading is recommended.

What do the appraisal tools cover?

There are appraisal tools for:

  • systematic reviews 
  • randomised controlled trials 
  • qualitative research studies
  • cohort studies 
  • case control studies
  • economic evaluation studies

These can all be found on the CASP website:


  • Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

What is the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine?

The Centre’s broad aim is to promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to anyone who wants to make use of them.

What do the appraisal tools cover?

The Centre has developed worksheets which take you through the most important questions for each type of research:

  • Diagnosis 
  • Prognosis
  • Harm
  • Etiology
  • Therapy
  • Systematic Reviews of therapy

More information can be found at their website:

  • Sense About Science

What is Sense About Science?

A charitable trust who enable people to make sense of scientific and medical debates in public discussion through sharing the tools of scientific thinking and scrutiny.

What guidance do they publish?