How do I do this?
The PICO formula might help.
The PICO process is used to frame (and answer) a clinical or health care related question. PICO is also used to develop search strategies for literature reviews.
P patient, problem or population
C comparison, control or comparator
This is my research topic:
The use of telehealth to support the self-management of asthma in rural or regional communities
This is my PICO:
Population: asthma patients in rural or regional communities
Intervention: telehealth or telemedicine
Outcome: effective management and control of asthma in rural and regional communities
Use the research topic (or clinical question) to build a search strategy.
|asthma OR wheezing||AND||telehealth OR telemedicine||AND||rural OR regional OR remote|
Use PubVenn to visualise your PubMed search strategy.
Consider using Text Mining to assist with search strategy development
Text mining tools can also be used to identify relevant search terms that can be used in a search strategy.
Primary sources consist of scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles reporting on original research data and findings.
Secondary sources interpret, summarise or evaluate primary literature. They include systematic reviews and meta analyses.
Both primary and secondary sources are peer-reviewed.
Peer-review is the evaluation of scientific and academic research by experts working in the same field. Peer-review is anonymous and occurs before an article is published. The peer-review process helps to guarantee scientific quality.
PubMed content is generally reliable. Each of the 5000 or so journal titles indexed on the PubMed Medline database have been selected by an expert committee at the National Library of Medicine. Journal selection criteria are strict. This process is designed to exclude bogus and predatory open access journals.
PubMed journals are critically evaluated by an expert committee before being listed on the Medline database. The scientific merit of a journal’s content is the primary consideration in selecting journals for indexing.
The journal selection process for Web of Science is based on editorial review. Existing titles are constantly under review to ensure they maintain initial quality levels.
If you are unsure if the journal article is peer-reviewed, use Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory to check if a journal is peer-reviewed.
Open Ulrich’s and enter the journal name, for example the Journal of Physiology:
Refereed status is clearly stated in the journal record: