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The Library Website Is Changing This Weekend! The Chamberlain University Library is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website on July 1, 2019. The library team will be hosting daily demos of the new website throughout the month of June, which you can sign up for on the Workshops page. To preview the new website, visit today!

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Eric Bemiller, MLIS 980-939-7159
Susan Bridgers, MLS 630-706-3232
Jane Carvajal, MLS, MEd 630-487-4366
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Saskia Farber, MA 314-991-6213
Valerie Meyer, MLIS, RN 630-487-3160
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Diamond Clark, MLS 909-682-8075
Jenna Troidl, MLIS 480-212-1603
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Rachel Perry Hanses, JD, MLS, MSEd 630-487-4432
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Resources by Category

The acronym PICO can help researchers remember the components of a well-focused question.

  P     Population/Patient/Problem
 I     Intervention/Indicator
  C     Comparator/Control
  O     Outcome

Note: A simple database search strategy should begin with the P AND I:   

Other Questions in Research

In Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), treatments and therapies are called ‘interventions’ and such questions are questions of INTERVENTION.

Other types of questions can be:

  1. What causes the problem?  -   ETIOLOGY, RISK FACTORS 
  2. What is the frequency of the problem?  -  FREQUENCY
  3. Does this person have the problem? -  DIAGNOSIS
  4. Who will get the problem?  -  PROGNOSIS, PREDICTION

The PICO structure can be used to formulate the question for these and qualitative questions with a more general nature (i.e. PHENOMENA). In this case, the question will consist of ‘P’ and ‘O’ only.

Patient Problem

overweight, diabetes type 2 person


gastric bypass surgery


exercise plan and diet counseling


diabetes resolution and weight loss

Research question: With overweight, diabetics is gastric bypass more effective than exercise plan and diet counseling at increasing the probability of diabetes resolution and weight loss?

Consider two more elements of the well-focused question: the type of question and the type of study. 

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