Healthcare professionals sometimes use the PICO or PICOT format to develop keywords for searching of clinical questions where:
- P - Patient or Population or Problem
- I - Intervention or prognostic factor of interest
- C - Comparison to intervention
- O - Outcome of interest
- T - Time (sometimes included)
For more information on Evidence-Based Practice and using PICO to develop a clinical research question, please read:
Asking the compelling question. (2019). In M. Godshall, Fast fact for evidence-based practice: Implementing EBP in a nutshell. Springer Publishing Company.