Pre-conference Workshop 1

How to formulate a good e-health research question?

Thursday, May 7th, 09:00 - 12:00

  • Tuomas Koskela, Tampere University, Finland
  • Kristina Bengtsson Boström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden


Being able to use a PICOt format when planning e-health research. Knowing how to select a suitable study design for a well formulated research question.


General practice researchers need to think about their study questions clearly and in sufficient detail before starting a new research project. When the question is well formulated, it is easier to see what type of study design would be useful, what resources would be necessary and is this study feasible.


E-health research ideas or questions from the participants will be used in formulating research questions. The research questions will be formulated by clarifying PICOt: the Patients or Population, the Intervention to be studied, the Comparator/Control (the old intervention or no intervention/placebo), the Outcome (or several outcomes) and the Time for follow-up.


Participants’ research questions/ideas regarding e-health topics will be used as material for formulation of a detailed PICOt question in small groups. Flip charts are used for working on the question. Finally the PiCOts are presented to the whole group and the most attracting PICOt will be chosen by all participants. To be considered in advance: To think about an e-health topic for a study, a question about digital medicine in primary care, or a problem regarding e-health issue you want to solve by research. Participants are requested to send their study idea / question/ problem in advance by email to in 2–5 lines.

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