My PICOT question was, ‘In children, how does haloperidol compare to ziprasidone in treating psychosis symptoms
My PICOT question was, ‘In children, how does haloperidol compare to ziprasidone in treating psychosis symptoms?’ (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt). I started with CINAHL Plus with Full-Text database (Walden University Library). I was using the Boolean operators of ‘and’ putting in my key words: children, haloperidol, ziprasidone (Library of Congress). It resulted in 10 different peer-reviewed articles. I changed ‘children’ to mental health, resulting in 1 article from the CINAHL Plus with full-text database (Walden University Library). I then searched for the APA PsycInfo database with the same Boolean operator words and came up with 15 articles (Walden University Library). I changed the name ‘children’ to psychosis, which resulted in 26 articles under the APA PsycInfo database (Walden University Library).
I felt like I had a pretty strong PICOT question. I would probably search more databases and leave the word children out since it was pretty specific, and looking through the results only found 5 total that resulted in titles with the name children in them. I also changed the word ‘children’ to ‘kids’ and had no results in the CINAHL Plus database (Walden University Library). One strategy I could use to increase the effectiveness of my database search would be to change my PICOT question to just one medication, then research them individually and compare them. I would have two different PICOT questions, ‘In children, how does haloperidol treat psychosis symptoms?’ and ‘In children, how does ziprasidone treat psychosis symptoms?’ I could also use ‘or’ instead of ‘and’ for my Boolean operators (Library of Congress).
Library of Congress. (n.d.). Search/browse help-Boolean operators and nesting. Retrieved on June 23, 2020 from https://catalog.loc.gov/vwebv/ui/en_US/htdocs/help/searchBoolean.html
Melnyk, B. M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2018). Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
Walden University Library. (n.d.). Databases A-Z: Nursing. R