Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Evidence-Based Healthcare Resources

Resources of evidence-based medicine

PICO Questions

PICO is an acronym to help researchers create focused, clinical questions. Each part of the PICO is a key concept in a clinical question

- Patient/Problem/Population

How would you describe the patient or problem? This could include gender, age, disease, etc.

- Intervention

What change or difference are you applying? Interventions could include medications, surgeries, 

- Comparison

What are you comparing your intervention to? This could be an alternative intervention or even a placebo. The comparison might not be necessary in all PICO questions.

- Outcome

What are you trying to accomplish or measure? 

Using parts of the PICO question as keywords can help you build a high quality search to find the best evidence-based information. 


PICO from National Library of Medicine

More Library Databases