Critically Appraised Topics

Roy Stein, MDResidents in our program routinely generate clinically relevant questions, find current evidence and appraise it in a collaborative model. This is presented as a debate during Monday afternoon chair's rounds where we bring in experts in the field to moderate and guide the discussion about specific articles. Residents take opposing viewpoints about an article and debate its validity; bringing out both the strengths and weaknesses of each study. Audio summaries of these sessions are available to Duke Users on our Duke iTunes Site.

Besides being an exercise in critical thinking, this has also generated a database of pre appraised articles that only take a few minutes to read. We have started archiving the summaries of these Critically Appraised Topics (CATs) and hope that it will grow into a large, accessible resource for those practicing mental health. A wiki of this archive is in development. You can read a few representative summaries on this web page.

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