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Searching for information on outcomes: do you need to be comprehensive?

Brettle, A, Long, AF, Grant, MJ and Greenhalgh, J 1998, 'Searching for information on outcomes: do you need to be comprehensive?' , Quality and Safety in Health Care, 7 (3) , pp. 163-167.

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The concepts of evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness are reliant on up to date, accurate, high quality, and relevant information. Although this information can be obtained from a range of sources, computerised databases such as MEDLINE offer a fast, effective means of bringing up to date information to clinicians, as well as health service and information professionals. Common problems when searching for information from databases include missing important relevant papers or retrieving too much information. Effective search strategies are therefore necessary to retrieve a manageable amount of relevant information. This paper presents a range of strategies which can be used to locate information on MEDLINE efficiently and effectively.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
Journal or Publication Title: Quality and Safety in Health Care
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0963-8172
Depositing User: MJ Grant
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2011 11:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:12

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