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What is a CAT?

A Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) is a short summary of the best available evidence, created to answer a specific clinical question.

A CAT looks like a short, rigourous version of a systematic review.

Typical parts of a CAT are:

Evidence Based-Practice

Key terms that should be understood in relation to Evidence-Based practice

Example CAT by CMB

Full example of a Critically Appraised Topic by the CMB. 

Other examples

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