Focus Your Research Question

Focus your Research Question

  • General > Specific
    • think about all of the aspects of your topic
    • use a topic map
  • Use PICO or SPICE framework to help
    • PICO
      • Population
      • Intervention/Issue
      • Comparison
      • Outcome
    • SPICE
      • Setting (Where? in what context?) 
      • Population or Perspective (For whom?)
      • Intervention/Issue (What?)
      • Comparison (What else?)
      • Evaluation (How well? What result?)
        • Example: What role does food security play in obesity amongst indigenous people in Canada?
          • SETTING – Canada
          • POPULATION – Indigenous people
          • ISSUE – SDoH > food security
          • COMPARISON – None
          • EVALUATION – Health outcome > obesity 

 

Content last reviewed: January 24, 2021