Development of two search strategies for literature in MEDLINE-PubMed: nursing diagnoses in the context of evidence-based nursing.

TitleDevelopment of two search strategies for literature in MEDLINE-PubMed: nursing diagnoses in the context of evidence-based nursing.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBerg A, Fleischer S, Behrens J
JournalInternational journal of nursing terminologies and classifications : the official journal of NANDA International
Volume16
Issue2
Pagination26-32
Date Published2005 Apr-Jun
ISSN1541-5147
KeywordsClassification; Evidence-Based Medicine; Humans; Information Storage and Retrieval; MEDLINE; Nursing Diagnosis; Terminology as Topic
Abstract

PURPOSE: To develop and validate search filters for MEDLINE via PubMed according to two categories of the NLINKS-EBN matrix.

METHODS: The search results of the search filters were compared to a gold standard.

FINDINGS: The usage of nursing classification terms for the literature search in evidence-based nursing (EBN) is still limited because taxonomies are neither widely used in nursing literature nor applied for indexing by MEDLINE. The proposed filters achieved a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 94% for "secondary data" and a sensitivity of 87% and a specificity of 73% for "diagnostic tests."

CONCLUSIONS: The usage of database-specific search filters are a reliable and valid method to search for nursing classification terms in medical databases.

DOI10.1111/j.1744-618X.2005.00006.x
Alternate JournalInt J Nurs Terminol Classif