Following are the questions included on the worksheet. For a PDF worksheet you can print and complete, please download the PICO Worksheet (PDF).
PICO Worksheet and Search Strategy
Define your question using PICO: Population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome.
Write out your question:
List the main topics and terms from your question that you can use to search.
Check any limit that may pertain to your search:
__ Age __ Language __ Year of publication
Type of study/publication you want to include in your search: (From Step 2 of tutorial)
__ Systematic Review or Meta-Analysis
__ Clinical Practice Guidelines
__ Critically Appraised Research Studies
__ Individual Research Studies
__ Electronic Textbooks
Check the databases you searched:
__ Joanna Briggs
__ Clinical Evidence
__ AHRQ Evidence Reports
__ Guidelines Clearinghouse
__ ACP Journal Club
__ Evidence-Based Journals
__ PubMed Clinical Queries
__ MD Consult
What information did you find to help answer your question?
This form is adapted from: Syrene A. Miller, PICO Worksheet and Search Strategy, National Center for Dental Hygiene Research