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Evidence-Based Practice: ASK

Step 1: Ask the question

As we saw on the previous page, the first step in the evidence-based practice process is to formulate a clinical question.

The clinical question should be relevant to the patient or the problem and formulated in such a way as to help with the search for an answer.

There are tools that help make this process easier. They are "mnemonics" that help you put together the parts of the clinical question, and also help you with your search strategy, as they identify the key concepts that need to be in articles that will help answer the question.

These mnemonics include PICO and SPIDER, and the lesser-known and lesser-used SPICE and ECLIPSE.

So, this section covers: