• State your PICOT question.
  • Indicate in parentheses after each segment, what part of PICOT the preceding words represent.
  • For example: In patients recently discharged from the hospital following care for heart failure (P), do hand-off calls by the nurse to the primary care provider using the SBAR format (situation, background, assessment, recommendation) (I) compared to no calls (C) decrease readmission rates (O) over a one year period (T).
  • Provide feedback to your classmates that focus on:
  • The use of the correct PICOT format for the question to guide the literature search.
  • Does the question reflect a clinical issue and one appropriate for an evidence-based practice project?
  • Can this project be completed in a primary care setting if the student is in an NP program? 
  • Can this project be complete in a setting appropriate to the student’s focus–NE, NA, NI?
  • Does the student need to include time or a comparison group to get the answer to their question?
    • Note:  many times the population chose can serve as their own controls.