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Evidence-based Practice in Healthcare

This guide is designed to assist health care professionals and students become effective and efficient users of the medical literature.

Getting too much with your PubMed Search?

Try these techniques for limiting your results:

  • Use AND with another concept
  • Limit to English
  • Limit by Age, Sex, Human (but remember you will be limiting potential relevant options that include BOTH)
  • Limit to Publication Type (for example: Randomized Controlled Trial or Review)
  • Use Subheadings (for example: Diagnosis or Therapy)
  • Use a more specific term (Femoral Neck Fractures instead of Hip Fractures)
  • Restrict to Major MeSH Topic
  • Choose "Do not include MeSH terms found below this term in the MeSH hierarchy"
  • Use Text Word in Title
  • Limit to Subsets (e.g., Core Clinical Journals)

 

Not getting enough with your PubMed search?

Try these techniques for increasing your results:

  • Use OR with synonymous/related concepts
  • Include all languages (English abstracts are often available)
  • Remove all Limits
  • Do not restrict to Publication Types
  • Choose All Subheadings
  • Use a broader term (Eye Diseases instead of Retinal Diseases)
  • Do not Restrict to Major MeSH Topic
  • Do not choose "Do not include MeSH terms found below this term in the MeSH hierarchy"
  • Truncate text words (recommend*)
  • Use the "See Related" feature in PubMed