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The service formerly known as APA Style Central has been updated, and renamed to APA Academic Writer. If you'd like to learn more, please contact a librarian!

The library will be hosting three workshops to demonstrate the updated APA Academic Writer service. Check the Library Workshop Calendar for dates and information!

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Eric Bemiller, MLIS ebemiller@chamberlain.edu 980-939-7159
Susan Bridgers, MLS sbridgers@chamberlain.edu 630-706-3232
Jane Carvajal, MLS, MEd jcarvajal@chamberlain.edu 630-487-4366
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Saskia Farber, MA sfarber@chamberlain.edu 314-991-6213
Valerie Meyer, MLIS, RN vmeyer@chamberlain.edu 630-487-3160
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Diamond Clark, MLS dclark@chamberlain.edu 909-682-8075
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Rachel Perry Hanses, JD, MLS, MSEd rhanses@chamberlain.edu 630-487-4432
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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

Intervention

gastric bypass surgery

Comparison

exercise plan and diet counseling

Outcome

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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