4. Finding the Evidence: How to get the most from your Searching

  1. Matthew Thompson1,2 and
  2. Ann Van den Bruel2

Published Online: 1 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119951827.ch4

Diagnostic Tests Toolkit

Diagnostic Tests Toolkit

How to Cite

Thompson, M. and Van den Bruel, A. (2011) Finding the Evidence: How to get the most from your Searching, in Diagnostic Tests Toolkit, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119951827.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 7 OCT 2011

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Carl Heneghan,
  2. Rafael Perera and
  3. Douglas Badenoch

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470657584

Online ISBN: 9781119951827



  • finding the evidence;
  • formulating PIRT;
  • secondary, diagnostic questions;
  • choosing primary database/s;
  • textwords and thesaurus;
  • search filters;
  • filtering results;
  • Clinical Queries button, PubMed


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Combine textwords and thesaurus

  • Search filters for diagnostic accuracy studies

  • Further reading