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Focusing Your Questions
Serving the health outcomes of your patient requires the use of good information that's relevant to their specific situation. Forming a good clinical question using the PICO elements can help you find that information:
- P for Patient, Problem, or Population
- I for Intervention (treatment, prognostic factor, or exposure)
- C for Comparison intervention or Control
- O for Outcome
The Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Network has an excellent free online tutorial on using PICO to form good questions to guide your research.
The "Ask" portion of this Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine tutorial explains how to construct good questions using the PICO elements.
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