UTS Library

Psychology: PICO searching

In this guide:

PICO searches convert your need for information into a focused clinical question, and are an excellent search strategy for finding systematic reviews and clinical trials.

First, formulate the clinical questions in the PICO framework:

P - Patient/Problem, Disease, Condition. (It's about who and what.)

- Intervention, Exposure. (It's about how.)

C - Comparison (e.g. placebo, no teatment, alternative treatments).

O - Outcome.

Type of Scenario (Question):Therapy/Prevention, Diagnosis, Etiology, Prognosis, others

To create your own PICO search table, download and edit this document.

For more information see Evidence Based Practice searching.