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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 4: Search the Literature of HSR: Databases (Page 28 of 29)

Enrichment Section

Overview

Content in this section is intended to supplement your knowledge of health services. It looks at learning materials for helping you search more efficiently and describes resources of potential, and related, interest.

Bioethics

Search Strategy Used to Create the Bioethics Subset on PubMed. February 2005. [Online] Site URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/pubmed_subsets/
bioethics_strategy.html
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This strategy, listed in detail on this page, was created by NLM and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University to facilitate searching for citations to articles in the area of bioethics. This subset can also be used in a search as bioethics [sb].
Example: euthanasia AND bioethics [sb] .

National Institutes of Health's Bioethics Resources on the Web. October 25, 2006. [Online] Site URL: http://www.nih.gov/sigs/bioethics/.
This Web site contains a broad collage of annotated web links for those with an interest in bioethics including education, research involving human participants and animals, medical and health care ethics, and the implications of applied genetics and biotechnology.

CINAHL

CINAHL Search Support. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.ebscohost.com/cinahl/default.php?id=12.
As well as search support (via telephone), customer service and technology support are also available on nearby pages.

RePORTER

RePORTER Instructions (NIH). n.d. [Online] Site URL:
http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter_help.html#.
Describes all aspects of the RePORTER database and offers help in using the query tool and advanced search, as well as the thesaurus, hit list and gives information on the abstact.

DIRLINE

NLM's DIRLINE Factsheet. October 1, 2004. [Online] Site URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/dirlinfs.html.
Describes DIRLINE and offers information about how to search for information in the database.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI)

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI). September 19, 2005. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.ovid.com/site/products/ovidguide/hapidb.htm.
In addition to basic information about the database, OVID provides information on searching the database, including advanced searching and on limits. Sample documents are listed.

Health Instruments. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/lhsu/resources/hlthinst.shtml.
Annotated list of resources - databases, Web resources and print - on several health instruments from the University of Illinois at Chicago Library including HaPI.

Health Services Research - Online Journals of Interest

BMC Health Services Research. 2007. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmchealthservres/.
BMC Health Services Research "publishes original research articles in all aspects of health services research, including delivery of care, management of health services, assessment of health care needs, evaluation of different health markets and health services organizations, health economics and the impact of health policies and regulations". BMC Health Services Research (ISSN 1472-6963) is indexed/tracked/covered by PubMed, MEDLINE, CAS, Scopus and ISI." Sign up for BMC Health Services Research article alerts.

Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation. 2007. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.resource-allocation.com/
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Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation"is ready to receive papers on all aspects of economic evaluation in health care and also encourages submissions on health policy issues relating to resource allocation and the trade-offs between economic, ethical and social criteria for decision-making." From BioMed Central. Sign up for CERA article alerts.

Globalization and Health. 2007. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/.
Globalization and Health is "ready to receive manuscripts that consider the positive and negative influences of globalization on health." From BioMed Central. Sign up for Globalization and Health article alerts.

Health Research Policy and Systems. 2007. [Online] Site URL: http://www.health-policy-systems.com/.
Health Research Policy and Systemsis ready to receive papers about the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. From BioMed Central. Sign up for Health Research Policy and Systems article alerts.

International Journal for Equity in Health. 2007. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.equityhealthj.com/.
International Journal for Equity in Healthis ready to receive papers about influences on and interventions and inequities in health. From BioMed Central. Sign up for International Journal for Equity in Health article alerts.

International Journal of Mental Health Systems. 2007. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.ijmhs.com/.
International Journal of Mental Health Systems "considers articles on all aspects of mental health system development and reform." "International Journal of Mental Health Systems will be a home for the latest mental health system research, policy and debates, as well as for articles with educational intent that will build capacity for mental health system research and development."

Population Health Metrics. 2007.[Online] Site URL:
http://www.pophealthmetrics.com/.
Population Health Metrics is ready to receive papers on all aspects of the measurement of health at the population level. From BioMed Central. Sign up for Population Health Metrics article alerts.

Pubmed

A general tutorial on finding Health Services Research publications can be found in this module. A tutorial on using the PubMed search function can be found on the NLM Web site.

PubMed Tutorial (University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries) September 23, 2004.[Online] Site URL: http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/content.php?pid=10562&sid=70459.
This tutorial from the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries' staff expands on the tutorial available from NLM.

Note: Many university health sciences libraries have created PubMed tutorials for you to learn from. Do a search using your favorite search engine to locate other tutorials.

Searching MeSH: MeSH database tutorials (NLM)

This section is included to remind you of the basics of searching using the MeSH Database. Use the MeSH database to find MeSH Terms and build a search strategy. Note: these are Flash videos and will open automatically. If you do not have the Adobe Flash Player installed, you can download it from the Adobe Web site.

Retrieving Surveys, Cohort Studies, Case-Control Studies and Randomized Clinical Trials from Medline (NLM)

Use the MeSH term Data Collection to retrieve research dealing with surveys. (MeSH: Systematic gathering of data for a particular purpose from various sources, including questionnaires, interviews, observation, existing records, and electronic devices. The process is usually preliminary to statistical analysis of the data. Year introduced: 1980).

Use the MeSH term Cohort Studies to retrieve studies dealing with cohort analysis, incidence studies and similar topics. (MeSH: Studies in which subsets of a defined population are identified. These groups may or may not be exposed to factors hypothesized to influence the probability of the occurrence of a particular disease or other outcome. Cohorts are defined populations which, as a whole, are followed in an attempt to determine distinguishing subgroup characteristics. Year introduced: 1989).

Use the MeSH term Case-Control Studies (MeSH: Studies which start with the identification of persons with a disease of interest and a control (comparison, referent) group without the disease. The relationship of an attribute to the disease is examined by comparing diseased and non-diseased persons with regard to the frequency or levels of the attribute in each group. Year introduced: 1990) to retrieve studies dealing with case-base studies, case-referrent studies, or matched or nested case-control studies.
Use the MeSH term, Randomized Controlled Trials to retrieve trials with variations on the name. (MeSH: Clinical trials that involve at least one test treatment and one control treatment, concurrent enrollment and follow-up of the test- and control-treated groups, and in which the treatments to be administered are selected by a random process, such as the use of a random-numbers table. Treatment allocations using coin flips, odd-even numbers, patient social security numbers, days of the week, medical record numbers, or other such pseudo- or quasi-random processes, are not truly randomized and trials employing any of these techniques for patient assignment are designated simply CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS. Year introduced: 1990).

Note that Randomized Controlled Trial [Publication Type] is also a publication type. (MeSH: Work consisting of a clinical trial that involves at least one test treatment and one control treatment, concurrent enrollment and follow-up of the test- and control-treated groups, and in which the treatments to be administered are selected by a random process, such as the use of a random-numbers table. Treatment allocations using coin flips, odd-even numbers, patient social security numbers, days of the week, medical record numbers, or other such pseudo- or quasi-random processes, are not truly randomized and a trial employing any of these techniques for patient assignment is designated simply a CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIAL [PUBLICATION TYPE]. Year introduced: 1991).

Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB, Lavis JN, Ramkissoonsingh R, Arnold-Oatley AE; HSR Hedges team. Optimal search strategies for detecting health services research studies in MEDLINE. CMAJ. 2004 Nov 9;171(10):1179-85. [Medline] [Full Text 1 BioMed Central] [Full Text 2 BioMed Central].

My NCBI (NLM)

NLM Catalog Help. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query/static/nlmcat_help.html.
Learn how to register for My NCBI, and about

NICHSR Databases and Retrieval Services

NICHSR Databases and Retrieval Services. 21 September 2004. [Online] Site URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/db.html.
NICHSR Staff have assembled detailed information on health services research literature databases. Visitors to the site can get details about valuable databases and about datasets of potential interest to researchers and librarians. Training tools for PubMed and the NLM Gateway make learning how to use these tools easier.

PAIS International

PAIS International Factsheet from CSA. [Online] Site URL:
http://www.csa.com/factsheets/pais-set-c.php.
Describes field codes, journal list, subject headings, broad topics classification system, subject coverage, and provides a sample record.

Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts Factsheet from CSA. [Online] Site URL: http://www.csa.com/factsheets/socioabs-set-c.php.
Describes field codes, journal list, subject headings, broad topics classification system, subject coverage, and provides a sample record.

References

Montori VM, Wilczynski NL, Morgan D, Haynes RB; Hedges Team. Optimal search strategies for retrieving systematic reviews from Medline: analytical survey. BMJ. 2005 Jan 8;330(7482):68. Epub 2004 Dec 24. [Medline] [Full Text 1 BMJ] [Full Text 2 PubMed Central].

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