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PICO Research Questions

Use the PICO acronym to help you form a research question. These categories will help you consider all the angles of your topic and come up with keywords to use when searching in a database. 

P: Patient, Population, or Problem

I: Intervention (or Exposure) 

C: Comparison (or Control)

O: Outcome 

Note that you might not have a C, or your C might be the absence of your Intervention. Considering the Comparison will still help you search for your topic.

Searching a PICO Question Part 1: Developing Keywords

Searching a PICO Question Part 2: Choosing a Database

To select a database, use the "Article Databases" list on the Find Sources tab on this guide.

These two options are a great place to start when searching a PICO question:

Searching a PICO Question Part 3: Searching a Database