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Nursing Guide

Information about Practicing EBP

Searching Licensed Resources for Clincial Evidence

Searchable Open Access Resources

PICO for Clinical Questions

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 about forming and using a PICO question to search, please see the American Journal of Nursing article  below.

Evaluating Evidence