Understanding Research Articles

Update Ongoing (2019)


The next level


After making the most of high-quality patient information resources such as PubMed and the PEN database, you may want to take your search for information to the next level.


Research articles such as those found in medical journals are geared towards clinicians and researchers, but there's no reason you shouldn't consult such resources yourself. This being said, it can be a challenge to navigate and interpret this kind of information.




With this in mind, we have collected some useful resources to help in your understanding of research documents:





 Understanding Cancer Research Studies, Part 1

 Understanding Cancer Research Studies, Part 2

 How to read a medical abstract 


Glossary of terms


 CDISC clinical research glossary


Critical appraisal 


 Oxford University: tools for the critical appraisal of medical evidence

 Medical news: how to know if it's accurate


Disclaimer: This information should not be considered as medical advice. It is not to be used in place of a visit with a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional. If you have questions about your individual medical situation, please consult with your healthcare professional. 


Page created: March 20, 2013

Updated November 11 2014

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