The PICO model is used by health professionals to formulate clinical questions and improve the relevance of their searching. The 4 elements in PICO can also assist students - Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome:
You may also see variants of PICO:
For more information on using PICO see the Systematic Reviews guide.
PICO not quite fit?
For certain scenarios (such as qualitative research), PICO may not be suitable. Try the PICo (little 'o') model instead:
Key databases for health subjects at UON are listed on the Subject Resource Guides.
Databases can also be accessed by title or subject grouping via Databases by title.
For tips on locating peer-reviewed articles, see Peer review and journal articles.
Evidence-based resources can be located via EBP resources.
Want to know more about using health databases? See our guides below.