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The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

PAM Physician Assistant Medicine: PICO

What is the question?

Is the question QUANTITATIVE?
 
Is the question QUALITATIVE?

What Is It

            P
     Patient/Problem/Population
Sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic, etc.
            I
     Intervention
Therapeutic measure, medication, tests, etc.
           C
     Comparison
Other interventions, standard of care, Comparison may not always be there  
           O 
     Outcome
Should be measureable
Sometimes you may also see PICOTTS
where  TTS is
  • Timeframe
  • Type of study
  • Setting

 

Developing a good question

PICO OVID

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