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Table 3 Included studies found by reported searches of MEDLINE and EMBASE (n/%)

From: Improving search efficiency for systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy: an exploratory study to assess the viability of limiting to MEDLINE, EMBASE and reference checking

Project Included studies Included studies identified in MEDLINE via search Included studies identified in EMBASE via search Total included studies retrieved by search across both MEDLINE and EMBASE Total included studies indexed in MEDLINE and EMBASE but missed by the reported searches
Holmes (2014) 51 31 (61 %) 25 (49 %) 37/51 (73 %) 14/51
Ward (2013) 32 20 (63 %) 25 (78 %) 26/32 (81 %) 2/32
Simpson (2013) 44 43 (98 %) 24 (55 %) 43/44 (98 %) 1/44
Goodacre (2013) 40 27 (68 %) 27 (68 %) 34/40 (85 %) 6/40
Stevenson (2012) 17 11 (65 %) 11 (65 %) 12/17 (71 %) 1/17
Cooper (2011) 45 38 (84 %) 34 (76 %) 38/45 (84 %) 2/45
Sutcliffe (2009) 30 27 (90 %) 26 (87 %) 29/30 (97 %) 1/30
Pandor (2004) 15 9 (60 %) 4 (27 %) 9/15 (60 %) 4/15
Kaltenthaler (2004) 28 28 (100 %) 5 (18 %) 28/28 (100 %) 0/28
Total 302 234 (77 %) 181 (60 %) 256 (85 %) 31 (11 %)