Monday, February 23, 2015

Updated PubMed Search Filter Strategies

PubMed has recently updated a number of their subject filter strategies. The following are the strategies updated.
  • Cancer
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinary Science  
Subject-based search filters assist searching by offering validated search strategies.

The Cancer search strategy, to take an example, uses terms from the neoplasms (and related) branches of MeSH cancer-related text words , and MEDLINE journal titles. It was created jointly by NLM and the National Cancer Institute to facilitate searching for subjects in all areas of cancer, ranging from  clinical care to basic research. This filter can also be used in a search as cancer [sb].
Example: survivors AND cancer [sb]

Another subject filter strategy is for Systematic Reviews. This strategy is intended to retrieve citations identified as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine. consensus development conferences, guidelines and citations to articles from journals specializing in review studies of value to clinicians. This filter can be used in a search as systematic [sb].
Example: excercise hypertension AND systematic [sb]

You can find out more about PubMed subject filter search strategies at 

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