PICO and Concept Map Assignment Week 2

PICO and Concept Map Assignment Week 2

PICO and Concept Map Assignment Week 2

Locate the PICOWorksheet in the Resources Tab in this Module. See PICO worksheet attached.
Review the instructions attached to the worksheet.
Make sure you understand how to write a PICO question.
Formulate a PICO question for your “Design A Research Study” assignment.
Your PICO question can be on any topic that is relevant to nursing and interests you. Don’t be afraid to really brainstorm!
Create a concept map for your PICO question, using the module resources on concept mapping. Using guidelines from the concept mapping topic of this module, create a new concept map based on your PICO question. https://guides.lib.odu.edu/c.php?g=502894&p=3441490

7.The first step is in concept mapping to create boxes with the four pieces of your PICO.

8. Then begin making connections between the population, intervention, comparison, and outcomes for your question.

9. Expand your map by including additional levels of concepts, ideas, and search terms (synonyms) for each subtopic.

10. You should have at least three levels of sub-concepts in addition to your main PICO concepts.


PICO and Concept Map Assignment Grading Rubric: 20 points



Possible Points


Points Given




PICO and Search Query Worksheet attached and complete






Well-written PICO of nursing relevance






PICO represented as main concept boxes on concept map an Contains at least 3 additional levels of concepts beyond the main boxes






Map Appears thorough and neat



PICO Main Focus Area List several search terms for each part (synonyms, alternate spellings, abbreviations, etc.)
P (patient/population/problem)

What is the primary problem?

I (intervention)

What main intervention are you considering?

C (comparison)

What is a possible alternate intervention?

O (outcome)

What are you trying to accomplish?


Type of Question (circle one):

Therapy Etiology/Harm Prevention

Diagnosis Prognosis Other _________________

Clinical Question:

Using the above information, write a focused, well-articulated question.


Attention Please email a copy of the completed worksheet to your faculty mentor by due date listed in course calendar.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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