Fall 2002 Vol. XVII, No.3

In this issue:

The Director's Report

Library Survey Results

Database Alert

New Linking Software

Pubmed Tips

Web Watcher

New Books....Cultural Diversity Collection

Loaner Laptops

In-person Consultation

Library Mugs

Did you know??

Update Archives


Editor: Robert M. Joven, MLS Information & Education Services Ext. 8493 E-mail - joven@uchc.edu



Searching the Clinically-Based Literature via PubMed
by Nancy Carter-Menendez, MLS
Information & Education Services Librarian

Go to the PubMed homepage at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/.

Click on the Clinical Queries link found under PubMed Services on the sidebar.

Select either 'Clinical Queries using Research Methodology Filters' or 'Systematic Reviews.'

Clinical Queries
created for clinical use
includes four study categories or filters: therapy, diagnosis, etiology and prognosis
includes two emphasis categories or filters: sensitivity (includes relevant articles but probably some less relevant) and specificity (more precise articles, with less retrieval)
based on research done by Haynes RB et al. Developing optimal search strategies for detecting clinically sound studies in MEDLINE. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1994 Nov-Dec;1(6):447-58. (links to the citation and filter table are on the PubMed Clinical Queries web page)

Systematic Reviews
assists clinicians in locating systematic reviews and other similar types of articles
your search term(s) is/are combined with citations identified as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, and guidelines
included are citations from journals specializing in clinical review studies


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