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Table 5 Basic details of MEDLINE search strategies

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

Report Population Test Filter Other, e.g. date Totals retrieved (n = MEDLINE and EMBASEa/all databasesb)
MesH Free-text MeSH Free-text    
Holmes (2014) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 12,006/13,075 (92 %)
Ward (2013) Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2009 onwards 2415a/5990 (40 %)
Simpson (2013) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Human only 12,816/15,824 (81 %)
Goodacre (2013) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Human only, 1995 onwards 1607/2865 (56 %)
Stevenson (2012) No Yes Yes Yes Yes No 2265a/4039 (56 %)
Cooper (2011) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No 377/646 (58 %)
Sutcliffe (2009) Yes Yes No No Yes No 10,070a/12,963 (78 %)
Pandor (2004) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No 108a/145 (74 %)
Kaltenthaler (2004) No No Yes Yes No No 1437a/1437 (100 %)
  43,101/56,984 (76 %)
  1. aEither from the re-run of searches in June 2013 or the project reference management databases, both with duplicates removed
  2. bThis number is taken from the final review’s PRISMA flow diagram and is usually with duplicates removed