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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 47-50

Formulating a researchable question: A critical step for facilitating good clinical research


Clinical and Translational Science Institute and Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

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Sadaf Aslam
Research Instructor, College of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of South Florida, 2 Tampa General Circle, STC #6036, Tampa, FL 33606
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7184.69003

PMID: 21808439

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Developing a researchable question is one of the challenging tasks a researcher encounters when initiating a project. Both, unanswered issues in current clinical practice or when experiences dictate alternative therapies may provoke an investigator to formulate a clinical research question. This article will assist researchers by providing step-by-step guidance on the formulation of a research question. This paper also describes PICO (population, intervention, control, and outcomes) criteria in framing a research question. Finally, we also assess the characteristics of a research question in the context of initiating a research project.


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