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