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Table 6 MEDLINE validation of a search strategy with a validation seta

From: Routine development of objectively derived search strategies

Number Searches Results
1 Prostatic Neoplasms/ 78,913
2 (prostat* and (cancer or adenocarcinoma)).ab,ti. 73,416
3 or/1-2 [Health condition] 95,729
4 Brachytherapy/ 13,758
5 Brachytherapy.ab,ti. 9,822
6 ((seed* or permanent*) and implant*).ab,ti. 10,719
7 or/4-6 [Intervention] 25,031
8 and/3,7 3,347
9 ("15476513" or "17293235" or "17570425" or "20399462" or "19571899" or "11597800" or "20303100" or "19376564" or "20231039" or "12084197" or "19945997" or "10758314" or "14581420").ui. [validation set] 13
10 8 and 9 13
  1. aOvid search date 19 September 2011. #1 through #8, search strategy developed; #9, search string with accession numbers of the validation set; and #10, validation of the strategy with the validation set. Ovid MEDLINE in-process and other nonindexed references, Ovid MEDLINE daily and Ovid MEDLINE 1950 to present.