NUR400 Week 6 Discussion: Target and Accessible Population. Step 1 Using your PICO question:

1. outline specifically what is your target population and your accessible population?

2. Explain the difference between an accessible and a target population.

(You may create another PICO question if you what to change what you previously wrote, but answer the same sample question.

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The target population refers to the group of individuals that the study aims to investigate. The accessible population refers to the group of individuals who are available and eligible to participate in the study.
For example, if the PICO question is “In patients with type 2 diabetes (P), does regular exercise (I) compared to no exercise (C) improve glycemic control (O)?”

The target population would be patients with type 2 diabetes. The accessible population would be patients with type 2 diabetes who are willing and able to participate in the study, meet the eligibility criteria, and are accessible to the researcher.

The difference between an accessible and a target population is that the target population is the specific group of individuals that the study aims to investigate, while the accessible population is the group of individuals who meet the inclusion criteria and are available for recruitment. The accessible population is a subset of the target population that the researcher can access and enroll in the study. The accessible population may be smaller than the target population, as not all members of the target population may be eligible or willing to participate in the study.

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