Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Nephrology filters

The Health Information Research Unit at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, in collaboration with the Kidney Clinical Research Unit at the University Western Ontario in London, Ontario, developed and tested MEDLINE filters that allow us to search for articles within a specific discipline (Nephrology).
These filters are based on:
Garg AX, Iansavichus AV, Wilczynski NL, Kastner M, Baier LA, Shariff SZ, Rehman F, Weir M, McKibbon KA, Haynes RB. Filtering Medline for a clinical discipline: diagnostic test assessment framework. BMJ. 2009 Sep 18;339:b3435. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b3435. PubMed PMID: 19767336. Available in: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/339/sep18_1/b3435?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=1&andorexacttitle=and&andorexacttitleabs=and&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=date&fdate=1/1/1981&resourcetype=HWCIT
The authors provide these filters at http://hiru.mcmaster.ca/hiru/HIRU_Hedges_Nephrology_Filters.aspx

Optimized for sensitive/broad:
"kidney diseases"[mh] OR "renal replacement therapy"[mh] OR renal[tw] OR kidney*[tw] OR (nephre*[tw] OR nephri*[tw] OR nephroc*[tw] OR nephrog*[tw] OR nephrol*[tw] OR nephron*[tw] OR nephrop*[tw] OR nephros*[tw] OR nephrot*[tw]) OR proteinuria[tw]

Optimized for specific/narrow:
("renal replacement therapy"[majr] OR "kidney diseases"[majr] OR kidney*[ti] OR nephr*[ti] OR renal[ti] OR "kidney"[majr:noexp] OR "renal dialysis"[mh] OR "kidney function tests"[majr] OR "proteinuria"[majr:noexp] OR glomerul*[ti]) NOT ("kidney neoplasms"[majr] OR pyelonephritis[majr:noexp] OR "urinary tract infections"[majr] OR "nephrolithiasis"[majr])