EMBASE Adds New PICO Search Form

When searching the medical literature to identify the studies that can serve as the “best evidence” for answering a focused clinical question, the PICO (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) model is a useful way to use to ensure that you have considered all the component parts of the question.

To make this process easier on the database searcher, EMBASE has now created a new PICO search form that can be used to easily develop this type of multi-component search strategy.

Each search component can be populated with synonyms that are automatically combined with the Boolean operator OR. The four separate component parts are then combined with the Boolean operator AND, thus ensuring that search terms related to all four parts are represented in the literature search.

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