HLTH 718 Evidence Based Management Practices in Healthcare: 2. Frame your search



What type of information are you focusing on?

  • Frame (think out) your research question using the PICO method?

  • PICO Example out of the Cochrane database

  • PICO was first developed in the medical field for clinical researchers and has been adopted by other subject disciplines.

  • PICO stands for  (Population; Intervention; Comparison; Outcome)

  • PATIENT/PROBLEM - What are the characteristics of the patient or population or problem that you are focusing on?

  • INTERVENTION - What do you want to do with this patient or population or problem?

  • COMPARISON - Are there alternatives to consider? This could be an optional step.

  • OUTCOME - What are you trying to accomplish, measure, improve or affect?

  • If this is a clinical issue: Are you looking for therapy (treatment), Diagnosis, Harm/Etiology (identify causes for disease) , Prognosis (estimate patient's clinical course), Prevention?

QUESTION: Does the journal article provide what you seek using the PICO format.

See Cochrane Database journal article example.


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