Asking the right question and finding the right answers

Nicholas B Cross, Jonathan C. Craig, Angela C. Webster

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Clinical consultations generate questions that can be informed by published (and unpublished) evidence. This is the basis for evidence-based practice. Finding answers involves searching available electronic databases. We describe a method for rephrasing or 'framing' clinical questions into population, intervention, comparator and outcome terms that helps to determine the best type of study to search for, and aids in the design of search strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-11
Number of pages4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2010


  • evidence based practice
  • search strategies
  • Research utilisation
  • PICO
  • Evidence based medicine
  • Literature searching


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