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Evidence Based Nursing Research

A guide to Library and Web resources focused on the field of nursing, as well as broader medical topics.

Asking Your PICO Question and Searching for Evidence: Step by Step

PICOT Clinical Research Question Example:

Increased patient falls on orthopedic, neurology, and surgery units 

I   Bedside shift reporting (BSR)

C Standard shift reporting

O Decrease patient falls

 4 months

Question: "Does the implementation of bedside shift reporting (BSR) decrease patient falls when compared to standard shift reporting on orthopedic, neurology, and surgery floors after 4 months?"

2. Identify MeSH Terms; Keywords; Keyword Phrases

3. Search databases, online search engines

4. Determine levels of evidence