1st Edition

Critical Appraisal for FCEM

ISBN 9781444186482
Published December 12, 2014 by CRC Press
182 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

USD $54.95

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Book Description

The ability to read a paper, judge its quality, the importance of its results, and make a decision about whether to change practice based on the information given, is a core skill for all doctors. To be able to do this quickly and efficiently is, without a doubt, a skill needed by all time-pressured emergency doctors and one which is tested in the Fellowship of the College of Emergency Medicine (FCEM) examination.

Critical Appraisal for FCEM is the essential revision source for all those who want to pass the critical appraisal section of this exam. It is also required reading for those who want to incorporate evidence-based medicine into their everyday clinical practice.


  • Helps you become truly competent in critical appraisal
  • Provides information in "Spod’s Corner," which helps you reach the next level and excel
  • Prepares you for the Critical Topic Review
  • Contains two fictional practice papers to test and practise your knowledge

With its relaxed conversational style—yet crammed with essential information, key tips, and advice—this book is indispensable for all those wanting to achieve success in their FCEM and MCEM examinations.

Table of Contents

Types of Papers and Grades of Evidence
Understanding Basic Statistics
Statistics in Papers – p-values, Confidence Intervals and Error
Probability and Odds

How to Dissect a Paper
Therapeutic Studies
Diagnostic Studies

Passing the Exam
The Critical Topic Review (CTR)

Appendix A: Checklists
Appendix B: Glossary
Appendix C: Practice Papers

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Duncan Bootland, MBBS, BSc, FCEM, consultant in emergency medicine, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Evan Coughlan, MD BCh NUI, MRCSEd, DSEM, FCEM, Dip.Tox., emergency medicine consultant, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Robert Galloway, MBBS, BSc, MRCP, FCEM, PGCMedED, emergency medicine consultant, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and sub-dean/lead for Undergraduate Emergency Medicine, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK

Stephanie Goubet, MSc, medical statistician, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, UK