Critical appraisal is the systematic evaluation of clinical research papers in order to establish:
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**Also called Teritiary Literature, it provides a broad overview of a topic but nothing new or original**
**Also called Primary Literature, this is the original research that has not been interpreted or condensed by others**
Limit or filter results to Case Reports or Randomized Control Trial.
Use the MeSH database in PubMed to limit by other study designs:
**Also called Secondary Literature, it summarizes and draws conclusions from the primary literature**
(use article filter: systematic reviews)