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Conducting efficient literature searches: strategies for mental health nurses

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Cleary, M and Hunt, GE and Horsfall, J, Conducting efficient literature searches: strategies for mental health nurses, Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 47, (11) pp. 34-41. ISSN 0279-3695 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3928/02793695-20090930-03

Abstract

Access to the most relevant articles with recent evidence is essential for writing peer-reviewed articles and informing clinical decision making. A clear method is needed to undertake a mental health literature review to ensure the topic is covered adequately. Choosing the right key words and search strategies and using appropriate databases are essential starting points. Drawing on different search methods to access a variety of sources ensures the most relevant articles are retrieved for a high-quality clinical literature review. Advanced searching includes the use of the medical subject headings thesaurus and other strategies to refine and focus the search for optimum sensitivity and specificity. Regardless of whether a search is basic or advanced, stages of the search procedures, such as determining key terms, databases used and the date range used within each, fields selected, dates of access, a history of search sets, and the justification for excluding data, should be documented to provide an audit trail. This article provides an overview of these search steps.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:research, mental health, searching
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Mental Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Mental Health
Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
ID Code:108392
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-04-19
Last Modified:2016-11-15
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