Use this worksheet from Sonoma State University to help you structure your PICO question. (Word doc)
Using the PICO Framework
PICO is a widely-used acronym to assist in remembering the key components of a clinical question. There are additional letters and frameworks to help you formulate a question fitting your research.
Not all parts of PICO are required! PICO is a framework to help you narrow your topic, not a rule.
When should you use PICO?
In academia when you are looking for evidence to support best practice
In practice when you have a question about patient care
Why should you use PICO?
Helps you form a focused question that will return relevant results
Helps you retrieve a manageable amount of results
Assists you in brainstorming keywords for your research