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Research Project 1 (96086): PICO

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Before you start searching for information, t's important to break down your clinical question into the PICO framework. This helps you structure your database searches so you can find the best information. PICO stands for: 

  • P - Population or Problem (who is your patient? What is their condition, disease, or problem?)
  • I - Intervention (how are you going to treat your patient?)
  • C - Comparison (what will you compare the Intervention against? This could be a placebo, alternative treatment, or no treatment at all)
  • O - Outcome

A good way to structure your keywords and MeSH terms is by using a PICO table. To create your own PICO table, download and edit this document