Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Formulate a Clinical Question

What type of question do you have?

Now you need to determine what kind of question you have. This tells you which type of study will provide the best answers to your question.

Your question could be about:

Diagnosis How to select and interpret diagnostic tests

Therapy How to select treatments to offer patients that do more good than harm and are worth the efforts, costs and side effects of using them

Prognosis How to estimate the patient’s likely clinical course over time and anticipate likely complications of the disease

Aetiology/Harm How to identify causes for disease, including genetic and iatrogenic causes (toxicities)

Prevention How to reduce the chance of developing disease by identifying and modifying risk factors and how to diagnose treatable disease early through appropriate screening

Clinical findings

How to gather clinical findings properly and interpret them soundly