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MeSH Changes and PubMed Searching

Every year, the Medical Subject Headings are updated. How does this affect your PubMed searches? What happens when a term gets changed, or added, or removed; or moved to a different part of the MeSH hierarchy? How do you accommodate vocabulary changes over time in your comprehensive searches? How do you check your saved searches and alerts? On January 11, 2019, Kate Majewski from the U.S. National Library of Medicine hosted an online class via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to answer these questions and more.

NOTE: The Sedentary Behavior record in the MeSH database was displaying an error during this class. The Preferred Concept Name changed for Sedentary Behavior in 2019. It was Sedentary Lifestyle previously (2010-2018). The Date Introduced should have displayed 2019(2010). Several students noted this error during the class. Thank you!

For more information about 2019 MeSH, see the 2019 MeSH Highlights webinar, What's New for 2019 MeSH, MEDLINE Data Changes - 2019, and the Introduction to MeSH - 2019. You can also find more information about the systematic review strategy mentioned in the webinar here.


Last Reviewed: November 20, 2019