Practical Approaches to Vetting Clinical Research
The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report, Volume 10, Number 4&5, May 2019
Darren B. Courtney, MD, FRCPC
Staff Psychiatrist for the Youth Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Service at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Courtney has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
In this QA, we discuss how to use the PICOT method to efficiently frame the clinical questions that arise in everyday practice. We also examine the hierarchy in terms of the types of studies that are most useful for the busy clinician to look at and provide a corresponding table covering the categories of evidence for clinical practice.