Getting Started with a PICOT Question

Getting Started with a PICOT Question.

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Course Instructions:

All assignments in this course build upon each other. Assignment 1 builds on the PICOT question submitted by the student and approved by the instructor in Week 1 of the discussion board. The PICOT format for this course is an intervention question. The interventions must be nursing interventions and not medical. No duplicate PICOT questions.

Step one (1) of the evidence-base practice (EBP) process is to formulate a burning PICOT question. Step two searches for the best evidence by considering the elements of the PICOT question.

Students will develop a scholarly paper utilizing the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition format and include the following criteria.


Among elderly patients aged 65 years or older (P), how will a fall risk assessment (I) compared to environment modification (C) assist in reducing incidences of falls (O) during hospital admission (T)?

Assignment Criteria:

  1. Describe the clinical or administrative problem related to the PICOT question formulated and approved in Week 1.
  • Formulate the PICOT question in the intervention format
  • Discuss why the problem is important to nursing practice
  • Discuss the chosen intervention
  • Elaborate on how the intervention impacts the stated outcome

  1. Discuss two (2) barriers that a master’s prepared nurse might encounter before implementing the intervention.
  2. Explore two (2) possible actions that can be used for handling those barriers.
  3. Identify two (2) explicit inclusion criteria and two (2) inclusion criteria to be used in the analysis of the evidence
  4. Identify the databases (e.g., CINAHL, Medline) and key terms used in initiating the search.
  5. The scholarly paper should be in narrative format, four (4) to five (5) pages excluding the title and reference pages.
  6. Include an introductory paragraph, purpose statement, and a conclusion.
  7. Include level 1 and 2 headings to organize the paper.
  8. Write the paper in third person, not first person (meaning do not use ‘we’ or ‘I’) and in a scholarly manner. To clarify: I, we, you, me, our may not be used. In addition, describing yourself as the researcher or the author should not be used.
  9. Include a minimum of three (3) references from professional peer-reviewed nursing journals to support the paper. References should be from scholarly peer-reviewed journals (review in Ulrich Periodical Directory) and be less than five (5) years old.
  10. APA format is required (attention to spelling/grammar, a title page, a reference page, and in-text citations).
  11. Submit the assignment to Turnitin prior to the final submission. Please be sure to review the originality report and make any needed changes.

Getting Started with a PICOT Question

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