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The PICO Research Question

A strategy aimed at asking good clinical questions that will help in developing a research question

Why Does PICO Matter?

PICOT is different from a standard research question because it is a clinical question. It is composed of various elements that create a framework for research that typical research questions do not usually have. The goal or purpose of PICOT is to ultimately intervene in someone's healthcare. You as a clinician are conducting the best research possible to assist with the decision-making process. Findings from your research could lead to changes in a patient's treatment for a particular illness, an alteration of his or her lifestyle choices, or to a better quality of life. In gathering the best literature out there through this clinical framework, your research can have real-life impact, and PICOT can help you get there!