When beginning with evidence-based practice, the first step is defining the problem you are trying to solve. This is how researchers develop proposals for what they want to study. In a clinical setting, you may use this process for quality improvement, encourage practices that are evidence-based, or to develop a research study.
PICO(T) is a mnemonic that helps us create focused and well-built clinical questions by breaking down the information that is needed to answer a research question.
Consider the type of question you are asking and the types of studies that could best answer it. When you have a well-focused question it is easier to determine the appropriate type of evidence needed.
Remember, evidence-based medicine always begins and ends with the patient, what can you do to support or help your patient?
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