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PICO Questions: A Tutorial: Home

This short tutorial will walk students through the purpose and process of formulating a PICO question.

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PICO Questions: a Tutorial

Evidence Based Practice is a process and the PICO question plays an important role in that process. The question does not form in a vacuum. Frequently the question arises as an informational or background question, but becomes a PICO question when a decision must be made that affects practice. What is the best practice? What studies are available to help with this decision?

When completing this tutorial, you will have an understanding of these concepts:

  • Improve understanding of background and foreground questions
  • The importance of PICO to the EBP process
  • Why Interventions are the focus of the PICOT question
  • The components of the PICO format
  • Formulating the question
  • The role of PICO in selecting the database and formulating the search strategy
  • Using PICO to select relevant studies from your search retrieval