Sometimes it helps to write an answerable question that begins and ends with a patient, population, or problem. This helps to develop a clinical research and/or EBP question. Using for developing searchable and answerable clinical questions are useful tools during the research process.
PICO is most widely used in quantitative research questions:
Try using the PICO search option in TRIP for systematic reviews, meta analyses etc.
USING PICO TO FORM THE RESEARCH QUESTION
Is (intervention) more efficient than (comparison) in managing stage 1 breast cancer (problem) for women (population)?
The FINER and SPIDER models can be useful for qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology:
For more information, have a look at these articles:
PEO is most useful for qualitative research questions:
USING PEO TO FORM THE RESEARCH QUESTION
Does the quality of life (outcome or theme) change when women on HRT (population and problems) are diagnosed with breast cancer (exposure)?