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Evidence-Based Practice, PICO(T), and Clinical Questions

Search with PICO Elements

TRIP Overview

Use the PICO search in the Trip database to find evidence for your clinical question. 

PICO Search

To do a search using your PICO elements in the Trip database, follow the steps below:

1. Enter the database through the link above.

2. Go to PICO.

Trip Pro PICO search boxes

3. Enter your PICO elements in Population, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome.

Note: You do not need to use all four search boxes in this search.

Trip Pro PICO search for heart disease, individual instruction and group classes

4. Hit search, and review the search results.

Trip Pro PICO search results for heart disease, individual instruction and group classes

Search with Clinical Queries

Clinical Queries Overview

Use Clinical Queries to find articles that report research. Remember, research is evidence. Click on the following tabs to see which databases provide Clinical Queries tools.

PubMed Clinical Queries Tool

To use the clinical queries tool in PubMed, follow the steps below:

1. Enter the database through the link on the library homepage or the Databases A to Z list. Or go directly to the Clinical Queries page from the above link.

2. Select Clinical Queries under Find.

Clinical Queries Tool in PubMed database

3. Enter your terms. Omit using AND, OR or NOT.

4. Select the research type. Results are sorted into two columns: COVID-19 Articles and Clinical Study Categories.

  • COVID-19 Articles Categories: Treatment, General, Mechanism, Transmission, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention, Case Report, and Forecasting
  • Clinical Study Categories: Therapy, Diagnosis, Etiology, Prognosis and Clinical Prediction Guides. They can be Broad or Narrow and will be Quantitative and Qualitative Research. To find only Qualitative Research, use the Publication Types limiter on the results page. There is no limiter for Quantitative Research.

PubMed Clinical Queries

Medline Complete Clinical Queries Tool

To use the clinical queries tool in Medline, follow the steps below:

1. Enter the database through the link above. Once you click on the link, it will open the advanced search page.

2. Enter your keywords in the search boxes.

3. Under Limit Your Results, select an option from the Clinical Queries menu. 

Screenshot of clinical queries limiter in Medline Complete

These are the choices available from the menu.

  • Therapy
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Reviews - Use this type for Systematic Reviews or Meta-analysis.
  • Clinical Prediction Guides
  • Qualitative - Use this type to limit to Qualitative Research studies only. There is no limiter for Quantitative Research. Use Therapy, Diagnosis, Prognosis, or Causation depending on the type of clinical question.
  • Causation (Etiology)
  • Costs - This type includes cost effectiveness or health care costs.
  • Economics - This type also includes cost benefit analysis as well as cost effectiveness or health care costs.

4. Add any additional limiters and then hit search. 

CINAHL Clinical Queries Tool

To use the clinical queries tool in CINAHL, follow the steps below:

1. Enter the database through the link above. Once you click on the link, it will open the advanced search page.

2. Enter your keywords in the search boxes.

3. Under Limit Your Results, select an option from the Clinical Queries menu.

Screenshot of clinical queries limiter in CINAHL

These are the choices available from the menu

  • Therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Review - Use this type for Systematic Reviews or Meta-analysis.
  • Qualitative -  Use this type for Qualitative Research only. There is no limiter for Quantitative Research. Use Therapy or Prognosis or Causation for Quantitative Research, depending on the type of clinical question.
  • Causation (Etiology)

4. Add any additional limiters and then hit search.