A NOVEL SEARCH BUILDER to EXPEDITE SEARCH STRATEGIES for SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS

Biren B. Kamdar, Pooja A. Shah, Sruthi Sakamuri, Bharat S. Kamdar, Jiwon Oh

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Abstract

Objectives: Developing a search strategy for use in a systematic review is a time-consuming process requiring construction of detailed search strings using complicated syntax, followed by iterative fine-tuning and trial-and-error testing of these strings in online biomedical search engines. Methods: Building upon limitations of existing online-only search builders, a user-friendly computer-based tool was created to expedite search strategy development as part of production of a systematic review. Results: Search Builder 1.0 is a Microsoft Excel®-based tool that automatically assembles search strategy text strings for PubMed (www.pubmed.com) and Embase (www.embase.com), based on a list of user-defined search terms and preferences. With the click of a button, Search Builder 1.0 automatically populates the syntax needed for functional search strings, and copies the string to the clipboard for pasting into Pubmed or Embase. The offline file-based interface of Search Builder 1.0 also allows for searches to be easily shared and saved for future reference. Conclusions: This novel, user-friendly tool can save considerable time and streamline a cumbersome step in the systematic review process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-53
Number of pages3
JournalInternational journal of technology assessment in health care
Volume31
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 14 2015

Keywords

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Search builder
  • Software tool
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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