Systematic Search Strategy Worksheet

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Systematic Search Strategy Worksheet

ASSESSMENT Item Three: SUBMISSION TEMPLATEWeight: 50% of overall mark

Due date:11: 59 pm,Sunday 21 January 2018,through Turnitin. No paper submission is required. 

Please complete the following the activities by filling in the spaces below.This is a word document so you can add space as needed. 

PART 1: PARTICIPATES IN THE FIRST AND THE SECOND ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUMS (4 marks). 

PART 2.1: DEVELOPING A FOCUSED QUESTION AND ACQUIRING RELEVANT EVIDENCE (3 marks).

  1. Use the following categories to help define your problem and what you are looking at in simple terms

PICO: Patient/Problem, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome.

(Remember to use your readings to help you if you are unsure)

Patient/Problem:  _______________________________________________________________

Intervention:  __________________________________________________________________

Comparison:  __________________________________________________________________

Outcome:  _________________________________________________________

  1. Now use these terms from the question above to create your PICO research question so that you have a clear purpose for your search:

In (P)_________________________  does  (I) ____________________     compared with  (C)_____________________      improve/reduce  (O) _________________?

  1. What type of clinical question do you think this PICO answers?

□ Therapeutic□ Aetiology□ Diagnostic□ Prevention□ Prognosis□ Others

  1. The table below will help you to think of the other terms that you might also like to look up when searching for evidence to help you answer your question – this is part of basic planning for a research search.
  • We ask you to look up alternative terms because sometimes articles from different countries and health systems call things different names – for example, in Australia we sometimes us the term ‘community nurses’, but in the UK they often talk about ‘district nurses’ – if you only searched under ‘district nurse’ you’d miss all the articles which happened to a different term – you would be missing some of the picture!
Population

 

Intervention

 

Comparison

(not commonly used in actual database search strategy)

Outcome

(not commonly used in actual database search strategy)

What is your population? Main search term:

What other terms might have been used?

Alternative search terms:

What is your intervention? Main search term:

What other terms might have been used?

Alternative search terms:

What is your comparison? Main search term:

What other terms might have been used?

Alternative search terms:

What is your outcome? Main search term:

What other terms might have been used?

Alternative search terms:

  1. Is there a particular group of people that you want to look at? List here any inclusion criteria you might use to refine your search if you have too many papers:

Gender:  ______________________________     Age Range:  ___________________________

Publication Dates:  ______________________     Language:  _________________________

  1. What kind of study do you think would best answer your question? Select here which type of article you might want to access. You can also use these to refine your search if you have a lot of papers.
□  Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)

□  Cohort Study

 

 □  Qualitative Study

□  Economic Evaluation

□  Case-control Study/Case Series

Systematic Search Strategy Worksheet

  1. Now that you have decided on WHAT you will be searching, you need to put down a plan of HOW you will search for your articles. This helps you and others to see how you got your evidence and how you made sure you got the best evidence to help you decide on your clinical action.
  • Using the PICO terms in your table, enter each term in a row (group them together under the PICO categories).
  • The next step is to combine similar terms using ‘OR’ .
  • The final step is to use ‘AND’ to combine your searches for different PICO elements.
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