Asking Answerable Questions – PICO / Answerable Questions – PICO / PECO Component Key step Example Activity (fill in the components of the question below) Patient Problem population

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    Asking Answerable Questions PICO / PECO

    Component Key step Example Activity (fill in the components of the question below)

    Patient Problem population

    How would I succinctly describe a group of similar patients?

    In children under 12 years with condition X

    Intervention / Exposure (test, treatment, process of care)

    What is the main action I am considering?

    would adding drug Y to their current therapy

    Comparison or alternative

    What is/are the other options?

    compared to increasing the dose of their current therapy

    Outcome What do I/the patients want or not want to happen?

    lead to increased symptom control with no increase in side effects?

    Question:..................................................................

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    Adapted from: Sackett D.L. et al (1997) Evidence Based Medicine how to practice and teach EBM. New York: Churchill Livingstone.