Defining a review question


Before beginning work on a review, it is important to have a clear and detailed idea of the question to be answered. This presentation explains the importance of a well-defined review question, and gives guidance on scoping, eligibility criteria and using PICO to frame your question.

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After using this resource, you should be able to...
  • Describe the importance of a clear and well-defined review question
  • Summarise the components of a review question included in a protocol
  • Apply PICO as a tool to scope and and develop review questions

Defining a review question - slidecast

Author information: 
Cumpston, Miranda

Approved by the Cochrane Methods Board on 18 October 2010.

Compiled by Miranda Cumpston, based on materials by the Australasian Cochrane Centre and the Canadian Cochrane Centre.