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Table 1 Adverse effects terms in the bibliographic records in MEDLINE or Embase

From: Failure or success of search strategies to identify adverse effects of medical devices: a feasibility study using a systematic review

  Relevant MEDLINE records retrieved (N=51) Relevant Embase records retrieved (N=55)
Generic adverse effects terms
 Title 16% (8) 16% (9 plus 1 duplicate)
 Abstract 73% (37) 71% (39 plus 4 duplicates)
 Title or abstract 73% (37) 71% (39 plus 4 duplicates)
 Indexing 31% (16) 35% (19)
 Subheadings 51% (26) 62% (34)
 EMBASE section headings NA 16% (9)
Any generic adverse effects terms 88% (45) 85% (47 plus 5 duplicates)
Specific adverse effects terms
 Title 18% (9) 20% (11 plus 1 duplicate)
 Abstract 61% (31) 67% (37 plus 4 duplicates)
 Title or abstract 61% (31) 67% (37 plus 4 duplicates)
 Indexing 37% (19) 73% (40 plus 3 duplicates)
Any specific adverse effects terms 69% (35) 82% (45 plus 5 duplicates)
Any adverse effects terms in any field 94% (48) 95% (52 plus 5 duplicates)