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Systematic Review (SR)

An overview to get you started

Develop a Research Question with PICO framework

To conduct a SR study, one needs to formulate a research question.  It is advised that the research question be formulated using the PICO framework.  Table 1 below is taken from the article titled "Formulating a researchable question: A critical step for facilitating good clinical research."

Aslam, S., & Emmanuel, P. (2010). Formulating a researchable question: A critical step for facilitating good clinical research. Indian journal of sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS31(1), 47–50. https://doi.org/10.4103/0253-7184.69003  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140151/

Develop a Basic Research Question

Steps for Developing a Research Question

The steps for developing a research question, listed below, can help you organize your thoughts.

Step 1: Pick a topic (or consider the one assigned to you).

Step 2: Write a narrower/smaller topic that is related to the first.

Step 3: List some potential questions that could logically be asked in relation to the narrow topic.

Step 4: Pick the question that you are most interested in.

Step 5: Change that question you’re interested in so that it is more focused.

 

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