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Forming answerable search questions using frameworks

A quick guide to introduce you to formulating a search question using PICO

What is a research question framework?

Research question frameworks (sometimes called search frameworks) help you create a structured question from your research topic of interest. They are particularly useful in helping you focus your topic of interest to help you find a manageable number of relevant search results as part of a structured review of the literature. Research question frameworks are commonly used in health and life sciences research, but they are useful for a number of different disciplines. 

This guide provides an overview of the most commonly used frameworks, to help you decide which one might be beneficial for your research.

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