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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

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

Review Questions

Use these questions to review for the quiz for this module. After successfully taking the quiz and passing it with 80% accuracy, you can choose to get a Certificate of Success for the module.

The bolded text indicates the correct answer. The reason why the bolded text is correct is contained in the paragraph after the answer section.

Take Quiz 4 (Module 4) without reviewing the questions.

Review Questions

1. We need to keep in mind that HealthSTAR... (select the best answer).

A. migrated to other NLM online web-based environments
B. resided as a separate database (originally called HSTAR) available from the National Library of Medicine from February 1994 to December 2000.
C. focused on health services research
D. included clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery
E. all of the above
F. none of the above

HealthSTAR was primarily focused on health services research including clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery and is now part of other NLM online Web-based environments such as PubMed and LocatorPlus.


2. NLM staff have set up a search filter for retrieving articles on healthcare quality and costs. The categories that you can use to retrieve articles on these topics include: Appropriateness, Process assessment, Outcomes assessment, Costs, Economics, and ______________. (what is the missing category?)

A. Qualitative research
B. Quantitative research
C. Effectiveness research
D. Statistical methods

Qualitative research is the missing category. Qualitative research can be used to inform quantitative questionnaires.


3. When you are in My NCBI you can group search results by areas of interest. True | False

You can group your search results by areas of interest including health services research.


4. Filters to extract health services research articles are only available as long as you are in My NCBI. True | False

The filters to extract health services research articles are active as long as you are in My NCBI.


5. Step 1 of the questions you should ask when thinking about conceptualizing a search is

A. Decide who the likely article authors are
B. Decide what the major concepts are that underlie your question
C. Begin collecting MeSH headings and keywords
D. Ask your client to explain in one sentence exactly what he or she needs.

The answer is to decide what major concepts underlie your question. This assumes you clearly understand the question from your client. After working in the field for awhile you will come to know who the key authors are in the question domain after doing a search and will be able to extract the most relevant citations based on key researchers.


6. Data for HSRProj are solicited from public and private foundations and funding agencies so that researchers can locate potential collaborators and identify organizations interested in sponsoring such research. True | False

Private and public foundations and funding agencies contribute data for HSRProj.


7. HSRProj covers ongoing research articles published in health services research. True | False

HSRProj covers ongoing grants and contracts in health services research, not research articles.


8. HSTAT is an electronic resource that provides access to __________ (what kind of) documents. (Select the best answer from the list below).

A. various
B. sundry
C. required
D. full-text

HSTAT provides access to full-text documents from a variety of sites and agencies.


9. HSTAT facilitates the search of text of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making. True | False

HSTAT makes retrieving full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making easy.


10. We know we can search HSTAT on the WWW for word or phrase searching across all documents but can we search across user-selected subsets? Yes we can | No we can not

HSTAT enables you to create a subset and search across only those documents.


11. In the HSTAT database, wild cards are indicated by a/an (symbol).

A. quotation marks (")
B. percent sign (%)
C. dollar sign ($)
D. question mark (?)
E. asterisk (*)

Use the asterisk in HSTAR to indicate a wild card/truncation search.


12. HSTAT documents do | do not have tables of content. (Select the correct answer).

HSTAT documents are full-text and include tables of content and appendices - whatever is in the original paper or digital document is also included in the HSTAT version.


13. Several types of tools are found in HSRR. Which tool or type of information is NOT found in database records?

A. discharge summaries
B. bibliographic citations
C. disease registries
D. practitioner data

While this database provides a link to a MEDLINE search for users of the database, actual citations are not included in this database. Types of data tools described in HSRR include clinical records, discharge summaries, claims records, epidemiological surveys, health/behavioral/social surveys, disease registries, birth registries, and data about practitioners, programs, and facilities.


14. HSRR includes a Medline search strategy with a link to relevant citations in each record. True | False

This database provides a link to a PubMed search for users of the database if there is literature in PubMed but does not include citations to the published literature in any of the database records.


15. Which database is a searchable online database of records of datasets and instruments?

A. HSRProj
B. HSTAT
C. DIRLINE
D. HSRR

HSRR is a searchable online database of records of datasets and instruments maintained for NLM.


16. DIRLINE content can be searched by (Select the correct answer from the list below).

A. Geographic searching
B. Keywords
C. Agency name
D. MeSH
E. All of the above
F. None of the above

DIRLINE can be searched in a variety of ways including by keywords, agency, MeSH and by geographic entity.


17. Health services research is | is not limited in scope to the medical field.

Health services research is not limited in scope to the medical field. It encompasses the social and behavioral sciences as well as other disciplines.


18. One group of health services researchers use the business/management literature in collecting background articles for projects. One database that is very useful for retrieving the business/management literature - after they have searched PubMed - is (what? Select the correct name).

A. Sociological Abstracts
B. ABI-Inform
C. PAIS International
D. Index to Legal Periodicals

Since health services researchers are trained in a variety of disciplines including business/management and often need to study the research in that discipline, librarians should have some familiarity with ABI-Inform in order to provide high quality research papers and resources to meet this need.


19. Health services researchers who use primarily the business/management literature in collecting background articles for projects and for solving management, business and leadership problems are called (what)?

A. medical sociologists
B. medical anthropologists
C. health care administrators
D. CIOs

Health care administrators use the business/management literature as a source of articles for research projects and for solving business, management, and leadership problems or issues.


20. The database most concerned with articles dealing with public policy and ethical issues in health care and biomedical research is called what? (Select the most appropriate database).

A. BIOETHICSLINE
B. ABI-Inform
C. CINAHL
D. POPLINE

BIOETHICSLINE, (a subset of which is called ETHX on the Web) is most concerned with articles dealing with public policy and ethical issues in health care and biomedical research. The biomedical and health care portions are available in PubMed, the NLM Catalog or through LOCATORPlus.


21. CRISP records have been incorporated into HSRProj. True | False

HSRProj has integrated relevant CRISP records into this database for ease of searching.


22. Librarians and researchers can contact the PIs on most research projects by searching (which database)?

A. HSRProj
B. HaPI
C. ABI-Inform
D. CRISP
E. B and D
F. A and D

Librarians and researchers can contact most PIs since their contact information and email address are often included in the CRISP records. CRISP records for health services research projects are incorporated into HSRProj so that the PI can be tracked through HSRProj, too.


23. When you search the CINAHL database you are | are not limited to journal articles.

CINAHL databases include many types of documents including research, research instruments, chat groups, cartoons, standards, biography, bibliography, audiovisual and so on. Contains journal articles, books, dissertations, and reports. Some full-text documents, too.


24. One of the best sources of survey instruments for assessing the health of children and adults is what? (Select the best answer).

A. ABI-Inform
B. HaPI
C. PAIS
D. NTIS

The HaPI database contains descriptions of information on instruments of use in assessing the health and behavior of infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.


25. What database in addition to HaPI can you use to search for instruments/surveys related to health services research?

A. ABI-Inform
B. PAIS
C. NTIS
D. HSRR

HSRR contains instruments that have health services research applications such as health status questionnaires. HSRR records may contain a text record format of the instruments.


26. The database that is best for recent court decisions is called what? (Name of database).

A. NTIS
B. POPLINE
C. Index to Legal Periodicals
D. BIOETHICSLINE

The Index to Legal Periodicals is a database of interest to health services researchers, especially those who are lawyers, and to the librarians who work on projects with them for articles dealing with recent court decisions.


27. Only lawyers will find the Index to Legal Periodicals of interest. True | False

Health services researchers with and without JDs/legal training will want to search the Index to Legal Periodicals for citations, court decisions, legislation and related documents.


28. Concerns about malpractice suits continue to be a big topic of interest among physicians. Which database would you use to find the latest articles and/or legislation? (Select from the list below).

A. ABI-Inform
B. Sociological Abstracts
C. CRISP
D. Index to Legal Periodicals

The Index to Legal Periodicals covers malpractice suits, securities and antitrust legislation, among other topics.


29. NTIS includes records of unpublished documents prepared by federal, state, and local agencies. True | False

NTIS also includes records of unpublished documents prepared by federal, state, and local agencies on quite a variety of topics and is a good source for these documents.


30. NTIS documents are available free of charge. Yes | No

NTIS documents for the most part must be purchased.


31. PAIS International indexes newspapers and periodicals. True | False

PAIS International does not index newspapers and periodicals - only journal articles, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research and conference reports, books and agency reports.


32. The database that provides annotated references on topics related to population, demographics, family planning and on sexually transmitted disease is called what? (Name of database).

A. PAIS International
B. DIRLINE
C. POPLINE
D. Sociological Abstracts

POPLINE provides annotated references on topics related to population, demographics, family planning and on sexually transmitted diseases.


33. Several databases cover the social and behavioral sciences but only one concentrates on such topics as culture and social structure, group interactions, management and complex organizations, social change and economic development, political interactions, social differentiation, rural sociology and agricultural economics, urban structures and ecology. This database is called (what)?

A. ABI-Inform
B. Index to Legal Periodicals
C. CRISP
D. Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts concentrates on a number of topics such as culture and social structure, group interactions, management and complex organizations, social change and economic development, political interactions, social differentiation, rural sociology and agricultural economics, urban structures and ecology.


34. Librarians should systematically check the tables of content of key health services journals. True | False

Knowing which journals are read by health services researchers is important to anyone working with those researchers. Knowing what has been recently published means being better able to alert researchers to articles they may have missed - or that are worth reading, especially from related disciplines.

Take the quiz for this module.

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