Write a focused clinical question

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Exercises in formulating clearly focused clinical questions from the University of Canberra.  Includes the PICOT (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time) question framework, with examples and templates for Interventions, Diagnosis, Aeitiology, Prevention, Prognosis / Prediction, Quality of Life / Meaning & Therapy.

  • Format Lessons
  • Target Audience Further education
  • EBM Stage 1 - Asking focused questions
  • Duration 5-15 mins
  • Difficulty Introductory

Key Concepts addressed


Use the PICOT (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, Time) format to break down your question into smaller parts and identify keywords:

PICO Question Template Examples and templates for:

  • Intervention
  • Diagnosis
  • Aeitiology
  • Prevention
  • Prognosis / Prediction
  • Quality of Life / Meaning
  • Therapy


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