PICO: A mnemonic device to help formulate a clinical question and search strategy by identifying key concepts.
|P||Patient/Population/Problem||Describe your patient or the problem - be specific|
|I||Intervention/Indicator||Treatment, cause, prognostic factor, etc.|
|C||Comparison/Control||Compared to another treatment or standard of care (optional)|
|O||Outcome||Improvement or negative effects?|
[ T : Timeframe, Type of Study, or Type of Question ]
What are the patient/population's most important characteristics?
Describe your patient specifically:
What do you want to do for the patient?
What is the alternate intervention, if any?
What are you hoping to achieve, measure, or change for the patient?
Could also be the result NOT desired.