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Contribute to crowdsourcing critical appraisal of research studies using an exciting, free online platform (CrowdCARE: crowdcare.unimelb.edu.au)

Skills: Consumer Input, Review - Consumer, Risk of Bias Assessment
Crowdsourcing Critical Appraisal of Research Evidence (CrowdCARE)

Dear Cochrane TaskExchangers,

We have developed a free, online tool that teaches research critical appraisal and facilitates the sharing of appraisals amongst a global community (CrowdCARE, Crowdsourcing Critical Appraisal of Research Evidence: crowdcare.unimelb.edu.au). After completing compulsory training modules, you can contribute to, and benefit from, a responsive and evolving stream of appraised research evidence generated from an interdisciplinary group, committed to evidence-based practice.

For this project, we are looking for people who passionate about evidence and science to help with critically appraising a set of ~100 research articles, as part of an Honours research project that is evaluating the merit of crowdsourcing for performing critical appraisal. There is no limit to how many articles you can appraise; each appraisal will take you about 10-15 minutes. We would love for you to complete as many as possible.

To contribute to the project, you will need to:
1. Create a free CrowdCARE account, by registering at: crowdcare.unimelb.edu.au
2. Log in to CrowdCARE, and complete the 'Introductory Tutorial' which has about 7 multiple-choice questions (this should take about 10 minutes)
3. Go to the 'Tutorials' section and click on the 'Intervention' (red tab), and then complete both the 'Level 1 - Systematic Review' and 'Level 2 - Randomised Controlled Trial' tutorials. Completion of each of these tutorials involves critically appraising a set article (in the system) to a level that is close to that of an expert appraisal. Each tutorial will take about 30 minutes. You need to complete these tutorials before you can begin appraising articles of these types in CrowdCARE.
4. You can now start appraising articles in CrowdCARE!
Use the 'Search' feature to find an article to appraise. You can search the CrowdCARE system using keywords, like in any other electronic database. For this particular project, we are looking for a set of ~100 specific articles to be appraised; these articles are listed below (using their PubMed IDs). Simply copy the PubMed ID into the 'Search' field, and the title for the relevant article will appear.
a. Click on the article title.
b. Click the 'View full text' green button below the article abstract (as you must use the full text to undertake the critical appraisal; you cannot just use the abstract).
c. Then click the 'Rate article' tab on the right-hand side.
c. In the 'Rate article' section, you then need to select the type of article (in this case, it will be an Intervention study), and then select the 'level' of evidence (L1 - systematic review or L II - randomised controlled trial), as appropriate (you need to make this decision based upon the knowledge acquired in the tutorial).
d. Complete the critical appraisal task using the appraisal tool that appears.

List of articles for appraisal (listed by PubMed ID) - you can select any of these, which cover a range a topics in general medicine, optometry, ophthalmology and speech pathology:
26886370
26850709
26822889
26798507
26769010
26740634
26704141
26704136
26652982
26631343
26576755
26568708
26565927
26532341
26524616
26489704
26446653
26339504
26305649
26292584
26250103
26250102
26233628
26232601
26194634
25907586
25697893
25324797
25310347
25156975
25135542
24889103
24805262
24495252
24397625
24393351
24348288
24268858
24199167
24150468
24081439
24039409
30061116
30046817
29985545
29902977
29845607
29786830
29724255
29715369
29675272
29350775
29344405
29333910
29222889
29181319
29101797
28811096
28810024
28779006
28777385
28759302
28756617
28741729
28730093
28727887
28724128
28719361
28716357
28715426
28687413
28675776
28673352
28661438
28652770
28637922
28636188
28618297
28601400
28542914
28538363
28515269
28495149
28473158
28466678
28452989
28410627
28392176
28319109
28298041
28295445
28285324
28283279
28251836
28197326
28191333
28122126
28112552
28079022
28045969
28040302
27966269
27880992
27791253
27617680
27551238
27538497
27535352
27500113
27473921
27448477
27420902
27226262
27196321
27162126
27096722
27087449
26886370
26822889

Thank you for contributing to this project.

Ideal Applicant

To contribute to this project, you do not need to have prior experience in critically appraising research articles. You should have an interest in learning how to assess the quality of research studies. Background knowledge in research (of any type) would be helpful, but is not essential.

You can contribute from any country. There is no limit to how many articles you can appraise; each appraisal will take you about 10-15 minutes. We would love for you to complete as many as possible.

Think you've got what it takes to get the job done for Laura?

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