Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Step 2: Obtain Background Information
- Is the request patient specific or general?
- If patient specific- what is patient’s diagnosis? Pertinent medical information? Demographic information?
- Is the question being asked by true requestor or an intermediary for the patient?
Asking Background Questions
A background question is a general question about a patient population (patients with type II diabetes) rather about a specific patient.
Things to consider:
- Are there times where this treatment or medication should be contraindicated?
Step 3: Determine Ultimate Question
- Most often the original question asked is NOT the most effective way of finding the answer needed/wanted.
- If adequate background information is obtained, the ultimate question is usually formed
- Once ultimate question is formed, confirm this with requestor (if possible) to avoid conflict with response.
- Use PP-ICO to create your question!
P – patient/population
P - problem
I - intervention
C - comparison
O - outcome
An example of a clinical question for this scenario would be:
- Does garlic (I) lower total cholesterol (O) in 50 year old Caucasian males (P) compared to placebo or standard of care(C)?
||50-year old Caucasian males
||Placebo or standard of care
||Lower total cholesterol score
Does garlic (I) lower total cholesterol (O) in 50-year old Caucasian males (P) compared to placebo or standard of care(C)?