What is a PICO(T) question?


PICO(T) is a mnemonic to help frame the parts of a well-formed clinical question.

The P represents the patient, population, or problem.

The I represents the intervention you are evaluating.

The represents the comparison or control (including current practice or standard of care) you are looking at as an alternative to the intervention.

The O represents the outcome(s) you are comparing.

The T isn't always used, and can be used to represent different things, such as Time (time factors such as duration of intervention, time frame of outcome(s), etc.), Type of Study (clinical trial, observational, quantitative, qualitative, etc.), or Type of question (treatment, diagnosis, prognosis, etiology, etc.)

  • Last Updated Oct 10, 2023
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  • Answered By Beth Auten

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