The Information Mastery process is guided by the steps of the 5A Framework:
Information Mastery will vary from the pure 5A Framework at Step 4 by emphasizing the use of pre-screened and validated information sources whenever possible.
There are now products that have done the critical appraisal piece for you, plus assigned a strength of evidence rating to it. This can help the busy practitioner avoid the time it takes to do critical appraisal for individual articles real-time to inform patient care.
This is not meant to imply that clinicians do not need to have a solid understanding of the principles behind critical appraisal - they do. Whether preparing for a Journal Club presentation, writing an article, and/or making decisions on literature that has not yet been validated by others, there will be times when you will apply the "A" for "Appraisal".