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Evidence-Based Physical Therapy   Tags: learning_module, physical_therapy  

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1) Ask -- PICO: The Well-Built Question for Evidence Based Physical Therapy

A question is considered well-built if it addresses the most pertinent parts of your information need and will lead to a focused answer for your clinical question:

EB-PT uses the PICO model for formulating a clinical question:

P = Population or Problem - recipients or potential beneficiaries of a service or intervention, or the situation being examined

I = Intervention or exposure - the service or planned action to be delivered to the population

C = Comparison - an alternative service or action that may or may not achieve similar outcomes

O = Outcome - the ways in which the service or action can be measured to establish whether it has had a desired effect

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Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice (Joint Duke-UNC effort)

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