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Systematic Review Guide

PICO

On the Systematic Review Request form you will be asked to outline your research question in PICO format. This allows us to easily understand the main concepts of your research question. Here is what PICO stands for:

P = Problem/Population

I = Intervention (or the experimental variable)

C = Comparison (or the control variable) [Optional]

O = Outcome

If your research question does not fit neatly into PICO that is okay. Just try to include the elements of your question as closely as possible into the format. Your collaborating librarian will discuss any questions or concerns about your research topic before putting together your systematic review search strategy.