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This page explains how to form a research question.

Step 2: Turning PICO into a Research Question

Use your PICO terms to guide your research question you can use to evaluate your evidence.  A good formula is:

 

Does (I) achieve (O) in (P)?

or

Does a particular intervention achieve a particular outcome in a particular population?

PICO 1

P Adults with Schizophrenia
I Supported education
C No supported education
O Higher graduation rates

 

Does supported education (I) improve college graduation rates (O) among adults with schizophrenia (P)?

PICO 2

P Babies
I Using the Vein Viewer Device
C Not using the Vein Viewer Device
O Improve success in PICC placement 

 

Does (I) using the Vein Viewer device (O) improve success rate of PICC placement in (P) babies?

PICO 3

P Hospital patients
I Increased handwashing among staff
C No increase in handwashing among staff
O Reduce cross infection

 

Does (I) increased handwashing among staff (O) decrease cross infection rates among (P) hospital patients?