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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 4: Search the Literature of HSR: Databases (Page 11 of 29)
Section 1: Health Services Research Databases and Information Resources

HSTAT: Health Services Technology Assessment Texts, continued...

Snapshot of the Table of Contents for the Guide to Community Preventive Services. Click to go to the Web site.

HSTAT Document Tables of Content

NLM provides a table of contents for each HSTAT document from which a particular section may be selected, as well as the ability to search individual documents by words or phrases.

Each document within HSTAT is displayed in a series of bite-sized pieces, based on the subsections of the documents. A navigation bar on the left of each page allows the user to jump between document sections, documents or collections within HSTAT.

Any Bookshelf page can be bookmarked as a "favorite" for future reference, or be linked to by another Web page.

Citations within HSTAT documents that also have a PubMed or PubMed Central record are hyperlinked accordingly from the reference list.

Snapshot of a search of the word fruit in the Guide to Community Preventive Services.In addition, HSTAT on the WWW allows for word or phrase searching across all documents (or across user-selected subsets of documents) in the HSTAT collection - and PubMed.

Snapshot of truncated results for search of Guide to Community Preventive Services for the word fruit. Note - no quotation marks in the actual search box.

Sample Search on Fruit and Vegetable Intake

Fruit and vegetable intake is important to maintaining health and issues surrounding this topic are studied extensively by health services researchers interested in nutritional topics. A search on fruits and vegetables reveals two relevant AHRQ evidence reports as you can see in in the image above. These reports can be examined for relevant content and for citations.

HSTAT continued...

Exercise

  1. Examine the Guide to Community Preventive Services for the section on Motor Vehicle Occupant Injury. What is public health's contribution to motor vehicle injury prevention?
  2. What is the evidence regarding interventions to increase the use of safety belts in cars?

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think NLM included the ability to search across data in user-defined subsets in HSTAT? Explain.
  2. Can you think of other resources that might be included in this full-text database? What?
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