Need help forming picot question


Hi everybody! I need some insight on where to aim my focus when formulating a picot question. For those who are unaware of the stands for the following:

  • Population/ Patient Problem: Who is your patient? (Disease or Health status, age, race, sex)
  • Intervention: What do you plan to do for the patient? (Specific tests, therapies, medications)
  • Comparison: What is the alternative to your plan? (ie. No treatment, different type of treatment, etc.)
  • Outcome: What outcome do you seek? (Less symptoms, no symptoms, full health, etc.)
  • Time: What is the time frame? (This element is not always included.)

Now I am currently working on a bone marrow transplant/hematology floor and need to formulate my question regarding these patients. While it seems rather simple, I am having difficulty on what to focus on specifically. Should I focus on holistic treatments such as reiki therapy (which some of the patients receive) or should I focus on chemotherapy in general? Any input would be greatly appreciated!

ravenpuff, BSN, RN

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Maybe try framing your question around some interesting things that you've seen on the floor? especially if you have to write a research paper based on your PICOT question.