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Usefulness of Systematic Review Search Strategies in Finding Child Health Systematic Reviews in MEDLINE

Usefulness of Systematic Review Search Strategies in Finding Child Health Systematic Reviews in... ARTICLE Usefulness of Systematic Review Search Strategies in Finding Child Health Systematic Reviews in MEDLINE Nicole Boluyt, MD, PhD; Lisa Tjosvold, BA, MLIS; Carol Lefebvre, MSc; Terry P. Klassen, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Martin Offringa, MD, PhD Objective: To determine the sensitivity and precision to 618 053. Precision for the combined filters ranged from of existing search strategies for retrieving child health sys- 2% to 52%. Because of poor reporting of specific system- tematic reviews in MEDLINE using PubMed. atic review criteria in both titles and abstracts, in 25% of the records screened we were unsure whether the article Design: Filter (diagnostic) accuracy study. We identi- concerned a systematic review according to our definition. fied existing search strategies for systematic reviews, com- bined them with a filter that identifies articles relevant Conclusions: The high numbers of records yielded by sen- to child health, and applied the combination in MEDLINE sitive search strategies and the low precision threaten the to a reference set of child health systematic reviews. use of systematic reviews for clinical decision making and guideline development. Reporting of specific systematic re- Main Outcome Measures: Total number of records view criteria in titles and abstracts is poor, and reporting http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Usefulness of Systematic Review Search Strategies in Finding Child Health Systematic Reviews in MEDLINE

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/archpediatrics.2007.40
pmid
18250233
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Abstract

ARTICLE Usefulness of Systematic Review Search Strategies in Finding Child Health Systematic Reviews in MEDLINE Nicole Boluyt, MD, PhD; Lisa Tjosvold, BA, MLIS; Carol Lefebvre, MSc; Terry P. Klassen, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Martin Offringa, MD, PhD Objective: To determine the sensitivity and precision to 618 053. Precision for the combined filters ranged from of existing search strategies for retrieving child health sys- 2% to 52%. Because of poor reporting of specific system- tematic reviews in MEDLINE using PubMed. atic review criteria in both titles and abstracts, in 25% of the records screened we were unsure whether the article Design: Filter (diagnostic) accuracy study. We identi- concerned a systematic review according to our definition. fied existing search strategies for systematic reviews, com- bined them with a filter that identifies articles relevant Conclusions: The high numbers of records yielded by sen- to child health, and applied the combination in MEDLINE sitive search strategies and the low precision threaten the to a reference set of child health systematic reviews. use of systematic reviews for clinical decision making and guideline development. Reporting of specific systematic re- Main Outcome Measures: Total number of records view criteria in titles and abstracts is poor, and reporting

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: Feb 1, 2008

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