Pharmacologic Action [pa] (continued)
To search for a specific action of a substance, use the [mh] search tag with the pharmacological action.
aspirin [mh] AND platelet aggregation inhibitors [mh]
To search all substances assigned a particular pharmacological action, use the [pa] field tag.
caustics [pa] AND skin [mh]
The video illustrates the directions that are on this page.
This video can be seen directly at //www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmedtutorial/videos/pm_tutorial_020_750.mp4
Use of a term with the Pharmacologic Action [pa] field tag instructs PubMed to OR together terms from a list made up of a PA term and the drug/substance terms known to have that action. Use the MeSH Database to display the substances known to have a particular pharmacologic action.
Any MeSH terms on the list are searched with the no explode specification, [mh:noexp], so as not to include possible indentions of the term that might not share the pharmacologic action.
Note: If you enter a MeSH term that happens to be a PA term, without using a field tag, PubMed will search the term as [mh], [pa], and [All Fields].
Last Reviewed: August 27, 2018