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Nursing: PICO-T

This guide provides information on Library resources, both print and electronic, for the study of nursing.

What is a PICOT question?

The PICOT question format is a consistent "formula" for developing answerable, researchable questions. 

  • Population/Patient Problem- Who is the patient? (Age, Sex, Geographic location)
  • Intervention- What is the management strategy? (Diagnostic testing)
  • Comparison-Is there a comparison on control management strategy?
  • Outcome-What are the patient consequences of the intervention?
  • Time-What is the time frame?

Examples of PICOT questions

Databases for PICOT Research