Defining a practice-based question: Some pointers

  • Make sure you focus in on a specific issue, for example ‘Breast cancer treatment’ is too wide!
  • Clear, concise and unambiguous questions
  • If you find it difficult to select enough papers to address your question, try modifying or widening it a bit.
  • Avoid a double barrelled question
    • ‘For women diagnosed with breast cancer, what is the emotional impact of diagnosis and what treatments provide the best long term outcomes’. Here you are really asking two completely different questions; 1. What is the emotional impact of breast cancer diagnosis and 2. What treatments provide the best long term outcomes for breast cancer. This question should also be more focused in terms of population, intervention and outcome.
  • Make sure all your papers all answer the question!

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