A great idea can come from many places. Here are some suggested places to start:
Before you develop your research topic or question, you'll need to do some background research first.
Some good places to find background information:
Try the library databases below to explore your topic. When you're ready, move on to refining your topic.
This is based off of the characteristics of a population, with examples of variables being age, race, and gender, with a set of specific condition or set of circumstances.
I-Intervention or Interest
This variable would be a treatment, diagnostic test, or therapy.
This is the comparison treatment to the intervention selected. The comparison may be with another medication, another form of treatment such as exercise, or no treatment at all otherwise known as a control group.
What would be the desired result, and what result is not desired? What is your goal with this research? Outcomes should be measurable.
P: Patients with Lower Back Pain
I: Massage Physiotherapy
C: Placebo/Usual Care/Acupuncture/Mobilization etc.
O: Reduction in Lower Back Pain
Now that you've done some background research, and thought of your PICO question, you might need to troubleshoot your topic if you do not find any results.
The easiest way to do this is to change the variables in your PICO question.
For our question, refining the outcome would be the best area to address. What symptom of PCOS would be addressed, or defining a specific age group as well in population.