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Table 5 Performance of qualitative filters

From: Searching for qualitative research for inclusion in systematic reviews: a structured methodological review

Database Filter type Filter terms Sensitivity Specificity
MEDLINE [PubMed]a [25] Maximises sensitivity interview*[Title/Abstract] OR psychology[Subheading:noexp] OR health services administration [MeSH Term] 95 70
Maximises specificity Qualitative[Title/Abstract] OR Themes[Title/Abstract] 61 99
Best balance of sensitivity and specificity interview*[Title/Abstract] OR
interviews[MeSH:noexp] OR
experience*[Text Word] OR
qualitative[Title/Abstract]
92 92
EMBASE [Ovid, 23] Maximises sensitivity interview:.tw. OR qualitative.tw.
OR exp health care organisation
94 90
Maximises specificity qualitative.tw. OR qualitative study.tw. 57 100
Best balance of sensitivity and specificity interview:.tw. OR exp health care organisation OR experiences.tw. 90 90
PsycINFO [Ovid, 19] Maximises sensitivity experience:.mp. OR interview:.tw.
OR qualitative:.tw.
94 79
Maximises specificity qualitative:.tw. OR themes.tw. 50 99
Best balance of sensitivity and specificity experiences.tw. OR interview:.tw.
OR qualitative.tw.
86 87
CINAHL [Ovid, 24] Maximises sensitivity exp study design OR exp attitude
OR exp interviews
99 54
Maximises specificity exp study design OR exp attitude
grounded theory.sh. OR thematic analysis.mp
53 100
Best balance of sensitivity and specificity interview.tw. OR audiorecording.sh. OR qualitative stud$.mp. 94 94
  1. aPredates introduction of MeSH term qualitative research in 2002