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 occupational therapy treatments or issues for aged patients after a stroke?
See below for example search construction based on that scenario:
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To start your research, type into the database the search word(s) that describe your topic. Example: occupational therapy
Google and Google Scholar also give you the power to construct complex searches.
Use a similar same technique as constructing a search in a medical database:
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Note – Google generally finds variants of words by default.
Choose one scenario below. Practice constructing a search from that scenario:
What are some occupational therapy considerations for children with autism?
How might occupational therapists help with the the physical impairments that patients of traumatic brain injury face?
What should occupational therapists be aware of when treating veterans with PTSD?
Create your own 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