There are two kinds of clinical questions:
Evidence-based practice requires you to
Framing the clinical query as a searchable statement is often the most difficult part of evidence-based searching of the literature. It requires a synthesis of all your previously learnt search skills and knowledge of resources; together with your clinical knowledge and skills, and diagnostic acumen¹.
1. Richardson, S. 1995. The well-built clinical question: a key to evdience-based decisions. ACP Journal Club 123:A12-13.
Background questions are asked when you need basic, general information about a topic (who, what, when, where, how)
Foreground questions are specific to the particular patient or problem in your clinical scenario
Using knowledge gained from your last PBL trigger, formulate