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Internal and Emergency Medicine

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 169–170 | Cite as

Advice for health-care professionals on how to retrieve more efficiently scientifically strong and up-to-date studies on treatments by PubMed

  • Salvatore CorraoEmail author
  • Rosario Scaglione
  • Daniela Colomba
  • Luigi Calvo
  • Giuseppe Licata
CE - Letter to the Editor
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In past few years, information technology (IT) has made rapid progress, and IT culture is spreading among health-care professionals. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) located at the USA National Library of Medicine has contributed in a remarkable way to spread the use of bibliographic search systems activating and regularly updating a friendly interface as PubMed. In particular, PubMed is a search engine that searches Medline and other databases for scientific literature citations. A considerable amount of literature exists on search strategies for retrieving both scientifically strong studies in various clinical study categories (e.g., treatment, diagnosis, etc.) and other kinds of biomedical information (e.g., systematic reviews, medical genetics, etc.). For this reason, the NCBI created a facility for clinicians (i.e., for not skilled searchers!) named as Clinical Queries [1]. Most of filters used by this PubMed web page are based on the remarkable work of...

Keywords

Search String Publication Type Strong Study Bibliographic Citation Relevant RCTs 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Acknowledgments

We thank Stefania Cicatello for English revision of this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvatore Corrao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Rosario Scaglione
    • 1
  • Daniela Colomba
    • 1
  • Luigi Calvo
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Licata
    • 1
  1. 1.Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Knowledge Management Unit, Biomedical Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly

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