How do I write a research question?
In evidence-based practice, PICOT is a model used to write research questions. PICOT is an acronym for ...
C: Comparison variable
Building a Search Strategy
From your research question, identify the main concepts. Brainstorm alternate keywords. There are three commonly used connectors: AND, OR, NOT.
In children, can a music intervention reduce pain within 24 hours postoperatively?
P (population or patient): children
I (intervention): music
C (control variable): no music
O (outcome): reduced pain
T (time): within 24 hours following surgery
Building the search:
|AND||children AND music AND pain AND postoperative||Results contain all the terms|
|OR||children OR adolescents||Results will contain either term|
|NOT||children NOT infants||Results will eliminate a term|
Finding Background Information
Use these sources to gain familiarity with your topic, narrow your research question, provide context, and identify experts.
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