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Table 1 Example of complete search strategy using Embase

From: Predisposing and protective factors influencing suicide ideation, attempt, and death in patients accessing substance use treatment: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol

We developed the master search strategy in Embase on Nov. 5th, 2017 (results: 10,956) using the following search terms:
 1 exp prevention/
 2 exp rehabilitation/
 3 therap$.mp.
 4 intervention$.mp.
 5 treat$.mp.
 6 care.mp.
 7 prevent$.mp.
 8 rehab$.mp.
 9 exp Suicide/
 10 suicid$.mp.
 11 substance-related disorders.mp.
 12 exp Substance-Related Disorders/
 13 exp drug abuse/
 14 exp addiction/
 15 exp drug addiction/
 16 exp “substance use disorder”/
 17 (substance$ adj3 abus$).mp.
 18 (substance$ adj3 addict$).mp.
 19 (substance$ adj3 disorder$).mp.
 20 (substance$ adj3 us$).mp.
 21 (drug$ adj3 disorder$).mp.
 22 (drug$ adj3 us$).mp.
 23 (drug$ adj3 abus$).mp.
 24 (drug$ adj3 dependen$).mp.
 25 (drug$ adj3 addict$).mp.
 26 (drug$ adj3 disorder$).mp.
 27 (addict$ adj3 disorder$).mp.
 28 protective factor$.mp.
 29 exp Protective Factors/
 30 (protect$ adj3 factor$).mp.
 31 protect$.mp.
 32 risk factor.mp.
 33 exp Risk Factors/
 34 (risk$ adj3 factor$).mp.
 35 risk$.mp.
 36 correlat$.mp.
 37 determinant$.mp.
 38 predict$.mp.
 39 associat$.mp.
 40 reduc$.mp.
 41 increas$.mp.
 42 decreas$.mp.
 43 improv$.mp.
 44 enhanc$.mp.
 45 buffer$.mp.
 46 ameliorat$.mp.
 47 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8
 48 9 or 10 (116798)
 49 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 or 16 or 17 or 18 or 19 or 20 or 21 or 22 or 23 or 24 or 25 or 26 or 27
 50 28 or 29 or 30 or 31 or 32 or 33 or 34 or 35 or 36 or 37 or 38 or 39 or 40 or 41 or 42 or 43 or 44 or 45 or 46
 51 47 and 48 and 49 and 50 (10956)
  1. NB. We used the following commands specific to the Embase search platform: “Adj3” Search words have to appear at least three words away from each other; “$” Truncation symbol; “exp” Explode the subject heading, to retrieve more specific terms; “/” MeSH heading; “AND,” “OR” Boolean logic to combine search terms