NURS 5010: Scientific Inquiry & Knowledge
Formulating the Question
Forumulating the Question Using PICO
It's important to develop a well-structured EBP question, because the question drives the strategies used to search for evidence. To construct an answerable EBP question use the PICO format:
PICO(T): Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time (optional)
Identifying Keywords and Database Search Terms
PICO frames the problem clearly and helps you identify keywords and database search terms. Review the example below:
In adults with chronic migraine pain, will meditation or relaxation exercises manage pain better than major over-the-counter pain relievers?