How to formulate a technically correct clinical research question for your next project or review

A 2-hour online lecture and workshop offers the tools and understanding you need to formulate technically correct research questions in clinical and population epidemiology. Ideal for junior to mid-career clinical and population researchers.


This will be a 2-hour lecture and workshop on the content of the PICOT acronym (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome, study Type) which is used to formulate technically correct research questions in clinical and population epidemiology. We will review what PICOT is and when it does and does not work to formulate answerable questions. We will review a published example where a PICOT development tool was sued to generate search syntax which was then run through a systematic review published in Sleep Medicine Reviews.

Those who attend will be able to:

  1. Understand the components of the PICOT acronym and demonstrate how they individually and collectively relate to clinical and population health research questions
  2. Relate PICOT to the flavour of clinical or population health research questions where PICOT does and does not work (e.g. Interventional versus Prevalence questions)
  3. Recognise how a properly formulated PICOT question can be used to build sensitive search syntax for conducting systematic reviews.


Nat Marshall is a clinical triallist and epidemiologist specialising in sleep and sleep disorders at the Woolcock Institute for Medical Research and the University of Sydney. He teaches clinical research methodology at a range of levels at the Sydney Nursing School and is an associate editor of the journal SLEEP, deputy editor of the Journal of Sleep Research and a member of the board of the Australasian Sleep Association.

This webinar is free for ASA members and open to non-members for a registration fee of $45. To register you will need to log in with your member details, or create an account on this website if you're not a member.

The webinar will be recorded and made available online to view afterwards - free for ASA members and for a small fee to others. By registering to attend, you are giving your permission to be recorded.

Please note
  • Registration closes three hours before the webinar starts and you will not be able to register after that. 
  • We will email you the webinar access details a few hours before the webinar commences.

Date:   Wednesday 10 June, 2020

Time:   3.30pm – Queensland NSW ACT Tasmania and Victoria
             5.30pm – New Zealand
             3pm – SA and NT
             1.30pm – WA 

6/10/2020 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time

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