Medical Databases give you the power to conduct very specific or complex searches.
Use special techniques combine search words in search boxes to effectively find the info you need:
Example scenario: What are some nursing considerations for pregnant women with high blood pressure?
See below for example search construction based on that scenario:
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Example search construction based on that scenario (this mirrors the advanced search boxes you will see in databases):
Source: "From topic to search results in two minutes! " by Holman Library is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0Learn about strategizing keywords and how databases work when searching keywords.
Source: "Research 101: Searching is Strategic" by Anna Eisen, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.Learn how to be tenacious and flexible in searching for the best information from a variety of sources.
Choose one topic below. Practice constructing a search from that scenario:
Who is your patient? Identify a disease, health status, age, race, geographic region, sex, or a specific characteristic important to your question.
Example: stroke patients
What do you plan to do for the patient? Identify a specific test, therapy, medication or management strategy.
Example: virtual reality, occupational therapy
What is the alternative to your plan? Examples may include: no treatment or a different type of treatment.
Example: non-VR (or option to have no comparison)
What outcome do you seek? Identify possible outcomes/results of the intervention such as less symptoms, no symptoms, or better quality of life...etc.
Example: rehabilitation, flexibility, mental health
What is the time frame? What study types will most likely have the information you seek?
Example: systematic review