Evidence Pyramid and PICO for Clerkships

You now have experience developing PICO questions and have learned about different study designs including their strengths and weaknesses.  During your clerkship experiences you and your team will have many questions about how to best care for your patients. Throughout your career you will need to seek evidence on best practices to make clinical decisions and will have to sort through journal articles, practice guidelines and evidence summaries to determine how to proceed with diagnostics and therapies.  Understanding different ways to appraise literature will help you answer your questions and make decisions based on evidence.

There are many resources available to you through the University of Washington Health Sciences Library to assist in this process.

For a list of sites to search for evidence see http://guides.lib.uw.edu/hsl/ebp

For a refresher on PICO questions see http://guides.lib.uw.edu/hsl/ebp/pico

For this session, please reflect on your case study.  Consider possible interventions or therapies that may be beneficial to the patient. Develop a PICO question before the session as you will be reviewing and appraising literature in order to answer this in class.