Critical Evaluation of Clinical Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Stephanie A. Fisher*, Emily Stinnett Miller

*Corresponding author for this work

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Within the evolving field of obstetrics and gynecology, providers should possess the ability to effectively and critically evaluate medical literature in order to best adapt and incorporate evidence-based practice. For both clinicians and researchers alike, we provide a systematic approach for reviewing a journal article published in the medical literature. We summarize the various types of study designs, with dedicated attention to observational and experimental studies, and examine sources of bias inherent to these study designs. Finally, we review important considerations when interpreting the validity and significance of the results and conclusions of a research study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-301
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022


  • clinical research
  • critical appraisal
  • research methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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