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Systematic Reviews Subset on PubMed

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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: exercise hypertension AND systematic [sb]

This filter is also available on the Filters sidebar under "Article types." It is also available on the Clinical Queries screen. For additional sources of strategies for systematic reviews, please see the list of related sources.

Strategy last modified February 2014.


(systematic review [ti] OR meta-analysis [pt] OR meta-analysis [ti] OR systematic literature review [ti] OR 
(systematic review [tiab] AND review [pt]) OR consensus development conference [pt] OR 
practice guideline [pt] OR cochrane database syst rev [ta] OR acp journal club [ta] OR 
health technol assess [ta] OR evid rep technol assess summ [ta] OR drug class reviews [ti]) 
OR (clinical guideline [tw] AND management [tw])OR
((evidence based[ti] OR evidence-based medicine [mh] OR best practice* [ti] OR evidence synthesis [tiab])
AND
(review [pt] OR diseases category[mh] OR behavior and behavior mechanisms [mh] OR therapeutics [mh] OR 
evaluation studies[pt] OR validation studies[pt] OR guideline [pt] OR pmcbook))
OR 
((systematic [tw] OR systematically [tw] OR critical [tiab] OR (study selection [tw]) OR 
(predetermined [tw] OR inclusion [tw] AND criteri* [tw]) OR exclusion criteri* [tw] OR main outcome measures [tw] OR 
standard of care [tw] OR standards of care [tw]) 
AND 
(survey [tiab] OR surveys [tiab] OR overview* [tw] OR review [tiab] OR reviews [tiab] OR search* [tw] OR 
handsearch [tw] OR analysis [ti] OR critique [tiab] OR appraisal [tw] OR 
(reduction [tw]AND (risk [mh] OR risk [tw]) AND (death OR recurrence))) 
AND 
(literature [tiab] OR articles [tiab] OR publications [tiab] OR publication [tiab] OR 
bibliography [tiab] OR bibliographies [tiab] OR published [tiab] OR 
unpublished [tw] OR citation [tw] OR citations [tw] OR database [tiab] OR internet [tiab] OR textbooks [tiab] OR 
references [tw] OR scales [tw] OR papers [tw] OR datasets [tw] OR trials [tiab] OR meta-analy* [tw] OR 
(clinical [tiab] AND studies [tiab]) OR treatment outcome [mh] OR treatment outcome [tw] OR pmcbook)) 
NOT 
(letter [pt] OR newspaper article [pt] OR comment [pt])

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