The strategies below are helpful when developing and refining your research and practice based questions. Keep in mind these are examples. Use as recommendations to help you think about the basic elements your question will have.
Four (4) Elements in a Well-Formulated Question
|Client Type and Problem||How would you describe the a group of clients of similar types||Young adult with anxiety and depression|
|What You Might Do||Apply a treatment; act to prevent a problem; measure to assess a problem; survey clients; screen clients to assess risk.||Cognitive Behavioral Therapy|
|Alternate Course of Action||What are other treatments or interventions?||Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)|
|What You Want to Accomplish||Outcome of treatment or prevention?||Decrease in anxiety and depression|
*Adapted from Gibbs, L. E. (2003). Evidence-based practice for the helping professions : A practical guide with integrated multimedia. Pacific Grove, Calif.: Brooks/Cole-Thomson Learning.
|Problem/Patient/Population||Young adult with anxiety and depression|
|Intervention||Cognitive behavioral therapy|
|Outcome||lower levels of depression|
Eg: For young adults dealing with anxiety and depression does cognitive behavioral therapy, as opposed to no treatment, result in lower levels of depression?