HETools_DevelopingEfficientSearchStrategyUsingPICO_18.Mar.2013.doc

HETools_DevelopingEfficientSearchStrategyUsingPICO_18.Mar.2013.doc

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Developing an Efficient Search Strategy using PICO PICO Search Terms Table : For Searchable Quantitative Research Questions P opulation I nterventio n or E xposure C ompariso n O utcomes From clinical question Describe the population that you come into contact with and are relevant to your practice. This could include: - General population - Specific community types (e.g., rural or urban- dwelling) - Other population-based descriptors such as: Age (e.g., youth / adolescent, seniors/elderly) SES (e.g. low- income, homeless) Risk status (high risk, at risk, MSM, IDU) Intervention refers to the therapy, test, organizational / systems strategies that we want to find out more about. This can be about environmental factors, health services, counseling, or screening (diagnostic tests). Exposure refers to the population’s exposure to a risk factor, disease, condition or harm. The comparison can be standard or routine interventions, an alternative treatment or exposure, or no treatment.
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