PICO is an acronym that can help focus your research question. PICO stands for:
|P||Patient, Population, or Problem|
|C||Comparison or Control|
Here is an example.
|Population||In high school football players who have received head injuries...|
|Intervention||would weekly checks of the air within the helmet padding...|
|Comparison||when compared to checking air pressure before the season and again mid-season...|
|Outcome||lead to lower concussion rates?|
In this example, the focus is on high school football players with head injuries. This study compares weekly helmet checks to only two checks a season.
If the school district does changes their helmet-checking requirements and schedules, this would be an evidence based practice.
Learn more about formulating a research question with PICO in our tutorial video (and the guides linked below it!).
Explore our Clinical Practice Guidelines guide for more information.