This section will assist you in defining your PICO and clinical question, as well as prepare for searching the literature by creating a concept table. Common capstone literature resources are also listed.
For a recording covering this content, as well as reviewing levels of evidence, types of studies and types of questions, and more, proceed to this video.
The video above explains how to create an answerable, specific research question using the PICO framework. Watch the video and identify your capstone P, I, C, and O concepts.
This video will walk you through converting your PICO into a robust search strategy complete with synonyms, related terms, and relevant acronyms. This is a crucial step prior to searching the literature in order to ensure that you aren't missing relevant papers because the author used a different term than you did for one of your key concepts.
Comprehensive or systematic literature searching (in contrast to the scoping searches you did to determine your capstone topic):
Characteristics of systematic searches include: