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 June 29, 2004 [posted]
 PubMed® for Handhelds Offers Searching via PICO

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ubMed for Handhelds has a new feature to search MEDLINE/PubMed via PICO.

PICO, which stands for Patient/Problem, Intervention, Compared to, and Outcome, is a method used for structuring clinical questions. This format can also be used for structuring literature searches and may be helpful to those interested in evidence-based medicine1.

A PICO feature is available on the main screen of PubMed for Handhelds ( and uses a fill-in-the-blank and menu format (see Figure 1). Comments about this feature are welcomed and can be sent to NLM using the "Feedback" link at the bottom of this screen.

  Figure 1: PICO interface on PubMed for Handhelds

To read more about PubMed for Handhelds, please see Stetson JS. PubMedŽ Available for Use on Handheld, Wireless Devices. NLM Tech Bull. 2003 Jul-Aug;(333):e5.

1 Booth A, O'Rourke AJ, Ford NJ.
Structuring the pre-search reference interview: a useful technique for handling clinical questions.
Bull Med Libr Assoc. 2000 Jul;88(3):239-46.
PMID: 10928709 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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PubMed® for Handhelds Offers Searching via PICO. NLM Tech Bull. 2004 May-Jun;(338):e9.


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