Appendix E
Literature Search Strategy: Clinical Practice Guidelines

SEARCH CONTENT

  1. OVID Databases:

    1. Ovid MEDLINE® In-process and Other Non-indexed Citations and Ovid MEDLINE® (1950–Present): The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s® bibliographic database providing information on medicine, nursing , dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health, and preclinical sciences.

    2. EMBASE (1988–September 2009): A biomedical database produced by Elsevier. EMBASE covers nearly 5,000 active journals, of which nearly 2,000 are unique compared with MEDLINE.

    3. PsycINFO (1987–September 2009): A database containing a wide variety of scholarly publications in the behavioral and social sciences.

    4. Global Health (1973–2009): An abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health research and practice.

  1. Web of Science (1900–2009): Current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Its content covers more than 10,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals, and over 110,000 conference proceedings.



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Appendix E Literature Search Strategy: Clinical Practice Guidelines SEARCH CONTENT 1. OVID Databases: a. Ovid MEDLINE® In-process and Other Non-indexed Ci- tations and Ovid MEDLINE® (1950–Present): The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s® bibliographic database pro- viding information on medicine, nursing , dentistry, veteri- nary medicine, allied health, and preclinical sciences. b. EMBASE (1988–September 2009): A biomedical database produced by Elsevier. EMBASE covers nearly 5,000 active journals, of which nearly 2,000 are unique compared with MEDLINE. c. PsycINFO (1987–September 2009): A database containing a wide variety of scholarly publications in the behavioral and social sciences. d. Global Health (1973–2009): An abstracting and indexing da- tabase dedicated to public health research and practice. 2. Web of Science (1900–2009): Current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Its content covers more than 10,000 of the highest impact journals world- wide, including Open Access journals, and over 110,000 confer- ence proceedings. 255

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256 CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES WE CAN TRUST 3. Electronic Tables of Contents: a. E-mail alerts via LexisNexis and OVID of the following pub- lications’ tables of contents: EPC reports, JAMA, NEJM, J of Clin Epi, BMJ, Health Affairs, Health Qual Life Out, Med Care, Milbank Q, Med Decis Making, Health Serv Res, Eval Health Prof, Qual Saf Health Care, Med Care Res Rev, J Health Econ, Health Econ, Health Policy Plan, J of Health Polit Polic, Health Policy, J of Public Health Pol, Implementation Science. 4. Grey Literature (conference proceedings, PowerPoint presenta- tions, unpublished manuscripts): a. NTIS (1964–present): A resource for accessing the latest re- search sponsored by the United States and select foreign governments. b. New York Academy of Medicine. c. GIN Database. d. Government clinical practice guideline development groups: AHRQ, NICE, SIGN, NZGG, GAC. e. Search websites of AGREE, GRADE, AHIP, BCBS Tec, Kaiser Permanente, KFF, RWJF. SEARCH PROCESS 1. Search each database uniquely. 2. Limit to English and human studies. 3. Search clinical practice guideline or practice guideline in the subject heading. 4. Search the following in the title or abstract: consensus devel- opment or decision making, development, evaluation, imple- mentation, comorbidities, heterogeneity, policy or law or legal, implications, tool or taxonomy, reimbursement, measurement, performance or performance measures, consumer or public, grading or rating, issues or concerns, methods, quality, elec- tronic medical record (EMR) or computer decision support sys- tem (CDSS). 5. Two independent reviewers track subject headings and key terms in key articles and use to further electronic search. 6. Two independent reviewers screen article abstracts and full articles to determine if they fit the committee’s charge. 7. Handsearch cited references within key identified literature. 8. Manage references in EndNote.