Seek general, established knowledge; for example, relating to a condition, diagnostic test, or treatment
Provide basis for formulating foreground questions
e.g., PBL learning questions
"What is pericarditis and how is it treated?"
Finding Evidence for Background Questions
The best resources to use to find information for background questions are web resources, textbooks, point-of-care tools, practice guidelines, and review articles. When looking for information in online resources, it's best to keep searches to essential keywords and short phrases.
The chart above illustrates the bottom of the evidence pyramid--these sources are good starting points and can help answer background questions. To learn more about these resources, see the sections below.
You might also be in need of other resources in the Beyond the Biology section of this guide.