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Table 1 Example search strategy

From: Factors associated with length of stay in care homes: a systematic review of international literature

Ovid MEDLINE
1. exp. Nursing Homes/
2. exp. Homes for the Aged/
3. “care home*”.ti.
4. “nursing home*”.ti.
5. “nursing facilit*”.ti.
6. “residential home*”.ti.
7. “residential care”.ti.
8. “residential long term care”.ti.
9. “institutionali?ed”.ti.
10. “institutional* residen*”.ti.
11. “institutional* care*”.ti.
12. (“long term” adj1 “care facilit*”).ti.
13. (“long term” adj1 “care residen*”).ti.
14. (“long term” adj1 “care institution*”).ti.
15. (“long term” adj1 “institution* care*”).ti.
16. (“institution*” adj1 “long term care*”).ti.
17. “survival”.ti,ab.
18. “mortality”.ti,ab.
19. “death”.ti,ab.
20. “length” adj1 “stay”.ti,ab.
21. “life” adj1 “expectanc*”.ti,ab.
22. 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 or 16
23. 17 or 18 or 19 or 20 or 21
24. 22 and 23