Posted: May 13th, 2015

searchable question

Topic- Post operative nausea and vomiting

Develop a searchable question using the PICOT format. (The question is a single statement identifying the components of PICOT.)

Refer to “Developing a Question” and “Topic 1: Checklist.”


NRS-441V: Capstone Project

Developing a Question


Recall the components of PICOT from your research course:

(P) Population of Focus

(I)   Intervention

(C) Comparison

(O) Outcome

(T)   Time


Identify each of the components in relation to your topic.

P –

I –

C –

O –


Then, develop a PICO question/statement.


Examples of PICO questions/statements:

In adult cardiac surgery patients experiencing post-operative pain (P) immediately following surgery (P), is morphine (I) or fentanyl (C), administered intravenously, more effective in reducing postoperative pain (O)?

For immune-compromised patients, 50 years and older (P), does the use of pneumonia vaccine (I) reduce the future risk of pneumonia (O) compared with patients who have not received the vaccine (C)?




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