Ask for general knowledge about a disorder
Ask for specific knowledge about managing patients with a disorder
Ask answerable questions
Identify what type of question you are asking - are you seeking?:
Use the worksheet below to help refine your search questions
Breaking a question into components is a good way to ask an answerable question. We recommend using the PICO(TT) system:
Use these concepts to develop your search terms:
P (patient/problem) - what condition are you concerned with?
I (intervention) - what treatment are you thinking of using?
C (comparison) - What the intervention is being compared to
O (outcome) - mortality? lab values? quality of life?
After searching, you can limit
T (type of question) - diagnosis, etiology, therapy
T(type of study) - RCT, cohort, case control, case study, cross sectional
A woman is referred to genetic counseling as she has always been concerned about getting pregnant. When the genetic counselor asks what concerns her, she discloses that her younger brother had part of his intestine removed when he was an infant. He has a learning disability that the patient has always associated with the intestinal surgery. Following the counseling session the genetic counselor is able to review the records from the patient’s brother. He did have Hirschsprungs disease (HSCR) and the aganglionsis extended proximal to the sigmoid colon (i.e. long-segment disease). He was also found to have pigmentary retinopathy and postaxial polydactyly. No genetic testing was performed on the patient’s brother.