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Guide to using Embase - an international biomedical and pharmaceutical database

Embase PICO - Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome - Advanced Search

Select PICO from the Embase home page



Enter at least one search term. Consider options that Embase instantaneously provides.


Tutorials and Guides - Embase PICO searches

  • Can Emtree (Embase subject headings) be found and used? You can browse Emtree directly on the search page and apply the best Emtree term, along with synonyms, to each of the 4 different elements in the PICO framework.
  • Is there a video or guide for using the PICO search form?
    • For an instructional video on using the PICO search form, please click here.
    • For the pdf guide, please click here
  • How do I add or remove synonyms when using the PICO search form?

  • Systematic searching in Embase: Using PICO to identify relevant results
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