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Indian J Sex Transm Dis AIDS. 2010 Jan;31(1):47-50. doi: 10.4103/0253-7184.69003.

Formulating a researchable question: A critical step for facilitating good clinical research.

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Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.

Abstract

Developing a researchable question is one of the challenging tasks a researcher encounters when initiating a project. Both, unanswered issues in current clinical practice or when experiences dictate alternative therapies may provoke an investigator to formulate a clinical research question. This article will assist researchers by providing step-by-step guidance on the formulation of a research question. This paper also describes PICO (population, intervention, control, and outcomes) criteria in framing a research question. Finally, we also assess the characteristics of a research question in the context of initiating a research project.

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Clinical research project; PICO format; research question

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