An evidence-based approach to making clinical decisions about pharmacotherapeutics includes asking a clinical question, searching for published evidence, appraising the evidence, and applying the evidence to patients. This session will focus on appraisal of published evidence and applying it to cases. With the use of case examples in dogs and cats, important principles of critical reading will be highlighted, such as what do you really need to understand about statistics and what parts of a paper you can skip over. Additional discussion will include what to do if there is not a lot of evidence for your clinical question.
Explain the importance of critical appraisal of published evidence
Name several key criteria to look for in a published article about pharmacotherapeutics in dogs and cats
Understand important principles of how statistical analysis is described in published articles about pharmacotherapeutics in dogs and cats and how to apply it to patients