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Searching: overview

1. Technical issues: preparing your browser, MyNCBI, and Scholar

2. Search strategy

General medical factoids

General medical questions

Use something similar to the 6S model. Note the sequence:
The basic concept of this model, that MEDLINE should be last, has been validated by https://pubmed.gov/17082828 which concluded this strategy is not more thorough, but seems faster.

Drug questions

3. Search terms are hard to use! Alternative approaches

The suggestions below assume you have use the 5S strategy and have a collection of relevant articles that you have culled from searching systematic texts, guidelines, etc.
Example of two RCTs of septic shock found from UpToDate: PMIDs 29490185,29347874 (See the two RCTs at PubMed). Can you use these two citations in the three strategies below?

1. 'Termless' searching

2. Choose MeSH terms bases on the terms in the current articles you have found

3. PubMed vector searches ('Find related data' searches)

4. Cited reference searches

4. Example searches

Keeping up

Use an alert service rather than journal TOCs (except maybe the Annals and NEJM)
(you do not have to read everything that comes to you)
Clinical cases - an enjoyable and practiacal way to learn
Questions: rbadgett@kumc.edu