PubMed Clinical Queries
PubMed Clinical Queries provides
access to specialized PubMed searches designed to quickly connect clinicians
with evidence-based clinical literature.
There are two EBM search options:
- Search by Clinical Study Category
- Find Systematic Reviews
This feature searches PubMed
for your specified search terms and then applies specialized search
"filters" based on research by Haynes, et al. that are dependent
on the clinical question you are seeking to answer.
There are five study categories or filters to choose from based on your clinical question:
- Etiology - information addressing causation/harm of disease
- Diagnosis - information addressing disease diagnosis
- Prognosis - information addressing disease prognosis
- Clinical prediction guidelines - data addressing the likelihood of disease presence or absence
- Therapy - information
addressing the treatment of disease
*Note: therapy is the search default.
Two scope categories or filters are provided:
- narrow, specific search -- will get more precise, relevant citations but less retrieval
- broad, sensitive search -- includes relevant citations but probably some less relevant; will get more retrieval
This feature searches a subset
of PubMed including: systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical
trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences,
and guidelines. Citations from journals specializing in clinical
review studies are also included. Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive
search of PubMed.
Tips and Hints for Searching Clinical Queries
- Use specific subject terms to target your search. For example, if you are seeking clinical studies on cranberry juice, type in Vaccinium Macrocarpon instead of cranberry juice.
- Do not search for disease name abbreviations. Type in urinary tract infections, not UTI.
- After using these features, you may refine your retrieval by using PubMed's limits.
- Upon reviewing the citations you have retrieved there is an option to view related articles. By selecting this option, you "turn off" the Clinical Study search filters and any limits that you have applied.