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This page explains the PICO method.

Step 1: PICO

A common way to get started looking for research articles is by using the PICO method.  PICO includes the following elements:

P Population
I Intervention or treatment
C Comparison
O Outcome

Problem 1

Adults with schizophrenia are struggling to graduate from college.


Problem 2

Nurses are struggling to successfully place PICCs (peripherally inserted central catheters) in babies.


Problem 3

Hospital patients are suffering high rates of cross infection (infections acquired in the hospital)