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|Questions||Example Answers||Search Terms|
|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
|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.