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Asking the right question and finding the right answers

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  • NICHOLAS B CROSS,

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    1. Centre for Kidney Research, Children's Hospital at Westmead,
    2. Centre for Transplant and Renal Research, Westmead Millennium Institute, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital, Westmead,
      Dr Nicholas B Cross, Department of Nephrology Private Bag 4710, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand. Email: nick.cross@cdhb.govt.nz
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  • JONATHAN C CRAIG,

    1. Centre for Kidney Research, Children's Hospital at Westmead,
    2. Centre for Transplant and Renal Research, Westmead Millennium Institute, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital, Westmead,
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  • ANGELA C WEBSTER

    1. Centre for Kidney Research, Children's Hospital at Westmead,
    2. Centre for Transplant and Renal Research, Westmead Millennium Institute, University of Sydney at Westmead Hospital, Westmead,
    3. School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Dr Nicholas B Cross, Department of Nephrology Private Bag 4710, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand. Email: nick.cross@cdhb.govt.nz

ABSTRACT:

Clinical consultations generate questions that can be informed by published (and unpublished) evidence. This is the basis for evidence-based practice. Finding answers involves searching available electronic databases. We describe a method for rephrasing or ‘framing’ clinical questions into population, intervention, comparator and outcome terms that helps to determine the best type of study to search for, and aids in the design of search strategies.

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