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SUNY Downstate Medical Research Library of Brooklyn: Evidence-Based Medicine Course
Before starting an EBM search, you must have a clear idea on the type of information you are looking for. What kind of question? What type of intervention, if any, do you want to explore? Do you need more information on the condition, intervention, outcomes, etc
One good way of doing this is to apply a set of questions to the clinical problem. This is called PICOT, which stands for:
Scenario: Therapy Question
A 62 year old otherwise healthy woman wants to try Excedrin for acute migraine pain instead of the prescription Triptan medication that her doctor suggests.
What is Triptan? What is Excedrin?
Describe acute Migraine?
Primary search term
P – Patient or Population Describe the most important characteristics of the patient.