88th EGPRN Meeting, Tampere-Finland, 9-12 May 2019

Pre-conference Workshop

How to formulate a good research question?

Thursday, May 9th, 14:00 - 16:30

  • Pekka Mäntyselkä
  • Elise Kosunen
  • Markku Sumanen
  • Aleksi Varinen

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

Background: 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.

Content: 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.

Method: Participants’ research questions/ideas 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 a topic for a study, a question about work or patients in general practice, or a problem you want to solve by research. Participants are requested to send their study idea / question/ problem in advance by email to 2–5 lines about the idea are enough. Pre-registration required to this workshop. Maximum number of participants 30.


  • Course Language: English
  • Number of participants limited to 20 persons.
  • Fee for the workshop is €35 for members and €65 for non-members.
  • If you want to attend the pre-conference workshop, please tick the box on the online registration form.

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