3. Formulate a search strategy


* Combine ALL elements

The type of question asked determines:

  • the elements used in the subject search (PICO)
  • the appropriate study type Limit
Question typeSubject searchBest Evidence / Systematic Review Best Primary Study
TherapyPopulation AND Intervention

AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR

Systematic Review Limit OR Meta Analysis Limit)

AND
Clinical Queries
(Therapy-specific)
DiagnosisPopulation AND Diagnostic Intervention

AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR

Systematic Review Limit OR Meta Analysis Limit)

AND
Clinical Queries
(Diagnosis)
PrognosisPopulation

AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR

Systematic Review Limit OR Meta Analysis Limit)

AND
Clinical Queries
(Prognosis)
AetiologyExposure (Intervention) AND Outcome

AND (EBM Reviews Limit OR

Systematic Review Limit OR Meta Analysis Limit)

AND
Clinical Queries
(Etiology)

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