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99667 Clinical Theory and Clinic Level 1: Finding Articles

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There are 7 questions in Clinic Assessment Task 1: Adverse events in Chinese medicine. Here is an example from question 2.

‘Search appropriate journal databases (such as AMED, Medline) and find two (2) individual journal articles mentioning adverse events (or effects) and acupuncture treatment. Limit the search to human and in the last 10 years. ‘

There are several ways to find journal articles using Medline or AMED.

  1. Keyword Search
  • Analyse and understand the question
  • Identify the kewwords and alternative keywords
  • Group search terms with Boolean Operators and brackets

Keywords

acupuncture treatment

adverse events

Alternative keywords

 

adverse effects

Search terms

(adverse event* or adverse effect*) and acupuncture

Limits

Humans, Publication Year 2006 - Current

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are using Medline, then go to Advanced Search mode and select Keyword search.

 

 2.  Map Term to Subject Heading

Aritcles in Medline and AMED are indexed with subject headings which are from controlled vacabulary Mesh or AMED thesaurus. So no matter what words are used by authors on a topic, the articles can be retrieved by the same subject headings. Here we use Medline for example.

  • Identify main keywords for the topic: acupuncture treatment, adverse events
  • Choose Medline Advanced Search mode, select Keyword search and tick on "Map Term to Subject Heading
  • Use keyword “ acupuncture treatment” to look for subject heading “ Acupuncture Therapy”, then click on “Continue”
  • Choose subheading “Adverse Events/AE”, then click on “Continue”
  • The results will appear on the screen, then limit the results to Humans and for recent 10 years

Keywords

acupuncture treatment

adverse events

Subject Headings & Subheadings

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture Therapy subheading

“Adverse Events/AE”

Search terms

Acupuncture Therapy/ae [Adverse Effects]

Limits

Humans, Publication Year 2006 - Current

 

 
 3. Combining search results through Search History
 

You may group all the search terms to do a Keyword search at once, but most time you need to do several searches either by keywords or by subject headings, then combine several search results with AND or OR to get the final results through Search History.

Here use the following Question for example:

'Provide the reference details (using Harvard UTS style) of a literature source documenting spinal cord puncture by acupuncture.'

Your lecture wants you to find an article presenting spinal cord injuries caused by acupuncture treatments. It's also the adverse events of acupuncture therapy.

  

Keywords

spinal cord puncture

acupuncture

Alternative keywords

spinal cord injuries

acupuncture treatment

Subject Headings & Subheadings

Spinal Cord Injuries/

Acupuncture Therapy/ae [Adverse Effects]

Combining Selections

Spinal Cord Injuries/ AND Acupuncture Therapy/ae [Adverse Effects]