(P) Population of Focus (adult males, 40-70 years of age, with co-morbidities)
(I) Intervention (this is what you are going to propose as a practice change – in detail)
(C) Comparison (this is your control group – those that will not receive the practice change; how will this group treatment be different – be specific)
(O) Outcome (what you believe will occur)
(T) Time (this is generally the time period that you will conduct your study – usually no longer than 6 months)
Then you will write your PICOT Question/Statement in a sentence format. You would Not include the “breakdown” (as shown above) in your PICOT statement. See the Example below:
Example of a PICOT question/statement:
For adult male surgical patients, ages 40-70 with multiple co-morbidities (P), will the use of a preoperative Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH) protocol that includes medication and application of either a Sequential Compression Device (SCD) or TED hose (I), compared to patients who are treated with SCD or TED hose only (C), reduce the risk of the development of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) (O) in the postoperative recovery ICU phase over a 6 month period (T).

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
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