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3. Formulate a search strategy


* Combine ALL elements

The type of question asked determines:

  • the elements used in the subject search (PICO)
  • the appropriate study type Limit
Question typeSubject searchBest Evidence / Systematic ReviewBest Single Study
TherapyPopulation AND Intervention AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR Meta Analysis) AND
Clinical Queries
(Therapy-specific)
DiagnosisPopulation AND Diagnostic Intervention AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR Meta Analysis) AND
Clinical Queries
(Diagnosis)
PrognosisPopulation AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR Meta Analysis) AND
Clinical Queries
(Prognosis)
AetiologyExposure (Intervention) AND Outcome AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR Meta Analysis) AND
Clinical Queries
(Etiology)

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