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Evidence based practice: Step 1. ASK

Step 1. Ask a clinical question

The first step in the EBP process is to phrase your scenario as a specific, answerable question: Ask a well-built clinical question. This will help you to focus on the key issues and identify what evidence you need to answer your question.

To assist with this process there are a number of different search mnemonics or frameworks that you can use (see module below). PICO is the most common. It assists with translating your question into a searchable format by breaking it down into key concepts. 

The module below will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and explores the first two steps of the EBP process.