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Questions Example Answers Search Terms
MeSH* Keywords**
Describe the PATIENT/PROBLEM 
(Ex: illness, condition, age, gender, ethnicity)
hospital aquired infection cross infection nosocomial infection
What is the INTERVENTION 
(Ex: medication, diet, activity, or method)
handwashing hand disinfection   hand sanitation
Are you making a COMPARISON
(Ex: alternate treatment, medication, or method)
  

What is the intended OUTCOME
(Ex: health status, delayed or eliminated illness)

reduced infection see first box see first box

Clinical Question (example): Is handwashing effective in reducing hospital aquired infections?

*MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) - set of terms used in biomedical databases to "tag" the subjects contained in articles.

**Keywords - text found in articles or article titles that describe the subject; similar topics; synonyms.

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