Reading the latest issue of the Norwegian researcher’s magazine Forskerforum, I learned about PICO as an alternative model to the often used IMRAD approach to scientific writing. To summarize:
- IMRAD = Introduction, Method, Research and Discussion
- PICO = Problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome
It seems like PICO comes from clinical practice in medicine. Not sure if this helps music research that much, but I do like the structured approach to organising paper writing.