PICO is a tool for creating a research question. Put a clinical question in the PICO format to help you put together your research query.
Here's a research question: In adult patients with total hip replacements how effective is early ambulation (Intervention of interest) compared to bed rest on decreasing post-op Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Evidence based practice is a method for using the best current research along with the nurse's clinical judgement and the patient's values or preferences to provide the best care.
The research involves processes for creating a search query, evaluating research articles, and refining the research process to find the most relevant current recommendations. Then those findings are applied to the current clinical setting. The PICO framework is a great tool for creating an refining the research queries to search the scholarly (journal) literature.
Learn how to write a PICO query