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Evidence-based practice in health sciences

Locating best evidence: a step by step approach

Step 2: Identify the key concepts you are searching for

By breaking your question down into its key components you will easily be able to identify the keywords to use when searching databases.

Try our PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) search strategy planner to help identify the keywords.

You may want to look at our example question (from Step 1) again to see how a question can be broken down into key components.