PICOT Question and Search Strategy Template Use with the library guide: Evidence

PICOT Question and Search Strategy Template

Use with the library guide: Evidence Based Practice in Nursing & Health Sciences

Define your question using PICOT (review the “Create PICOT Questions” page as needed):

Population: __________________________________________________________________

Intervention: __________________________________________________________________

Comparison: __________________________________________________________________

Outcome: __________________________________________________________________

Time (optional): __________________________________________________________________

Write out your question: ______________________________________________________

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Write down the most important words from your question in the gray boxes. For each top term, add synonyms or related terms in the boxes below it. All these are your search terms.

Review the “Best Bets” in the Nursing Databases list. Check the databases you will search:

__ CINAHL Complete (*Recommended)

__ Nursing & Allied Health

__ Public Health Database

__ Health & Medical Collection

__ OVID Nursing Full Text Plus

__ PubMed Central

Write in your first search below. Follow the instructions on the “Find EBP Articles…” page.

AND

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OR

OR

OR

OR

AND

AND

Scholarly/peer reviewed Limit publication date:

Type of studies you want to include in your search:

__ Systematic Review or Meta-Analysis

__ Clinical Practice Guidelines

__ Individual Research Studies

__ Critically Appraised Research Studies

What information did you find to help answer your question?

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This form is adapted from: Syrene A. Miller, PICO Worksheet and Search Strategy, National Center for Dental Hygiene Research