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Systematic Reviews: The Process: Search Filters & Tools

Search Filters

Search Tools

NOTE: The MeSH analyzer may no longer be available. (6-20-2013)

Common strategies to limit retrieval

Common Filters

  • Cochrane Filter for Humans only:  NOT (animals [mh] NOT humans [mh])
  • Duke modified Cochrane Strategy for randomized trials in PubMed:

(randomized controlled trial [pt] OR controlled clinical trial [pt] OR randomized[tiab] OR randomised[tiab] OR randomization[tiab] OR randomisation[tiab] OR placebo[tiab] OR drug therapy[sh] OR randomly[tiab] OR trial[tiab] OR groups[tiab]) NOT (animals[mh] NOT humans[mh]) NOT (Editorial[ptyp] OR Letter [pytp] OR Case Reports[pytp] OR Comment[pytp])

  • EMBASE: limit to EMBASE records only:  [embase]/lim NOT [medline]/lim

Search Filters (PubMed)

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