Framing your research question

Question frameworks are used to help you turn your research question into the searches you will need for databases and search engines


BeHEMoTh is used to frame questions when you are looking for specific models or theories to inform your research.

Behaviour of interest
  • You've observed your population interacting with the health context you've chosen. Which of these behaviours or attitudes are you investigating?
Health context
  • Which intervention, service, program or policy are you focusing on?
  • How are you going to exclude non-theoretical or technical models from your search if necessary?
Models or
  • Have you identified relevant models or theories? If so, use their names, including variants.
  • Are you searching for relevant models or theories as yet unknown? If so, you'll need to use model, models, theory, theories and synonyms as keywords in your search.


Reference: Booth, C., & Carroll, C. (2015). Systematic searching for theory to inform systematic reviews: is it feasible? Is it desirable? Health Information & Libraries Journal, 32(3), 220-235. doi: 10.1111/hir.12108 opens in a new window