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Planning your research saves you time.
Translating your research topic into a "PICO" question will help you figure out how to search for your topic in a database. The first step is figuring out search terms for your Population/Problem, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome.
Using the PICO Format
P Patient, Population, or Problem of Interest
I Intervention, Exposure, Prognostic Factor (treatment, diagnostic test, risk factor, etc.)
C Comparison (implicit or explicit)
O Outcome of interest (positive or negative)
You are working with a third grade class with a high rate of obesity and many students at risk for type 2 diabetes. You want to incorporate regular exercise into their daily schedule but you need to be able to justify starting an after-school physical activity program to the school administration.
Example: How has daily exercise reduced obesity in elementary school children.