clinical question in terms of the specific patient problem aids the
finding clinically relevant evidence in the literature.
P.I.C.O. Model for Clinical Questions
|Patient, Population, or Problem
How would I
of patients similar to mine?
|Intervention, Prognostic Factor, or Exposure
intervention, prognostic factor, or exposure am I considering?
|Comparison or Intervention (if appropriate)
alternative to compare with the intervention?
Outcome you would like to measure or achieve
to accomplish, measure, improve or affect?
|What type of question are you asking?
Therapy, Prognosis, Prevention, Harm
|Type of study you want to find
What would be the best study
PICOmaker is a free Palm OS-based application that lets users create
and store queries in the PICO format for later reference. This
application, made available by the University of Alberta Libraries, is
intended to assist students and clinicians with evidence based practice.
For downloading and installation, please visit
This page is maintained at www.uic.edu/depts/lib/lhsp/resources/ebm.shtml
Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria. Please send comments to Jo Dorsch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: Friday, 01-Apr-2005 10:51:20 CST