Nutrition research reported in the media often highlights mixed or contradictory results between studies. So how can you as a nutrition professional ensure you use the strongest available evidence to inform your practice?

Our online Journal Club covers tools and techniques to help you best understand and appraise research publications. Informative and interactive, we’ll examine and discuss example papers. Topics are relevant to both public health and clinical practice.

“Developing skills in critical appraisal is an essential part of being a competent nutrition professional – whether you’re a dietitian, nutritionist or health professional specialising in nutrition.” Dr Caroline Childs 

Everyone’s welcome, from students starting out to seasoned professionals.

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Dr Caroline Childs - Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences within Medicine at the University of SouthamptonFORMAT

The one-hour interactive sessions combine a presentation of a paper, discussion and the chance to put your questions. They’re moderated by Dr Caroline Elizabeth Childs BSc (Hons) PhD RNutr, Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Southampton, alongside a guest expert.

Season 1: Making sense of research papers

Session 1: Top tips for reading and reviewing a paper
Tuesday 29 September, 8pm, Dr Caroline Childs


Clear understanding of:

  • The pathway by which research is conducted and published
  • The language of research study designs
  • The hierarchy of evidence to consider when comparing study designs

Be aware of:

  • Tools which are available to assist with structured critical appraisal
  • The challenges and limitations inherent within nutrition research

Be able to:

  • Consider potential sources of bias in both research and media reporting of research
  • Consider the context of research conducted and how you can appropriately integrate this into your own practice.

Future Season 1 dates for your diary (all 8pm):
Tuesday 27 October
Tuesday 24 November
Tuesday 15 December
Tuesday 26 January
Tuesday 23 February
Tuesday 16 March

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