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Searching Systematically For Your Research: What is my question

What is a research question ?

A good research question should be clear, concise, specific and arguable, and forms the basis of your research, for example  “What are the fluid requirements specific to young athletes?”

A useful technique employed in the formulation of clinical questions is the PICO Model - using PICO, a clinical question is divided into 3 or 4 elements - Patient, Intervention, Comparison* and Outcome.


* when applicable.

The more specific the question, the easier it is to refine your search.
Use the PICO model to define your question