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Last Updated: Apr 18, 2017     Views: 10

PICO (alternately known as PICOT) is a mnemonic used to describe the four elements of a good clinical question. It stands for:

P--Patient/Problem
I--Intervention
C--Comparison
O--Outcome

Many people find that it helps them clarify their question, which in turn makes it easier to find an answer. 

  1. Instructions for formulating a PICO question can be found here. You will also find example questions that have already been written. A PICO question template can be found here.

Need help finding articles for your PICO question? Start by searching for your P (patient/problem) and I (Intervention). Need more help? Check out PICO Linguist published by the NLM.

Contact us at asklibrary@health.missouri.edu for further assistance! 

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