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OHSU Evidence-Based Practice Course for Interprofessional Clinical Teams

Session 2: Agenda

Session date: Thursday, Septmber 14, 2017

Location: Vey Auditorium


  1. Asking the Right Questions

  2. Hierarchy of Evidence and Study Design

  3. Article selection

Session 2: Pre-Session Work

Please complete the following tasks PRIOR to our class session on September 14.

Task 1: Please read the following article:

Task 2: Table 2 in the article above only provides a template for a therapy question. Please review the "Types of Questions" and "How to Phrase Your PICO" template in the right column of this webpage.

Session 2: Assignments


PICO(TT) is a tool used to describe elements of a good clinical foreground question. PICO helps you:

  1. clearly identify the problem, interventions, and measurable outcomes related to your patient
  2. determine which keywords to use in your database search
  3. formulate a searchable clinical foreground question

Types of Clinical Questions

Once you determine your PICO elements, identify what type of question you have.

How to Phrase Your PICO

Once you identify your type of question, enter your PICO elements into the appropriate template in order to properly phrase your clinical question.