Healthcare professionals sometimes use the PICO or PICOT format to develop keywords for searching of clinical questions where:
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.
Aslam, S., & Emmanuel, P. (2010). Formulating a researchable question: A critical step for facilitating good clinical research. Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 31(1): 47–50.
Stillwell, S. B., Fineout-Overholt, E., Melnyk, B. M., & Williamson, K. M. (2010). Evidence-based practice, step by step: Asking the clinical question: A key step in evidence-based practice. American Journal of Nursing, 110(3): 58-61.
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