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A primary resource used in the development of a strategy to retrieve systematic reviews with PubMed was the work done by Shojania KG, Bero LA. Taking advantage of the explosion of systematic reviews: an efficient MEDLINE search strategy. Eff Clin Pract. 2001 Jul-Aug;4(4):157-62. [PMID: 11525102].

Other sources that suggest strategies on this topic:

Montori VM, Wilczynski NL, Morgan D, Haynes RB; Hedges Team. Optimal search strategies for retrieving systematic reviews from Medline: analytical survey. BMJ. 2005 Jan 8;330(7482):68. Epub 2004 Dec 24. PMID: 15619601

Boynton J, Glanville J, McDaid D, Lefebvre C. Identifying systematic reviews in MEDLINE: developing an objective approach to search strategy design. J Inf Sci. 1998;24:137-157.

Hunt DL, McKibbon KA. Locating and appraising systematic reviews. Ann Intern Med. 1997 Apr 1;126(7):532-8. [PMID: 9092319]

Haynes RB, Wilczynski N, McKibbon KA, Walker CJ, Sinclair JC. Developing optimal search strategies for detecting clinically sound studies in MEDLINE. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1994 Nov-Dec;1(6):447-58. [PMID: 7850570]

NHS Research and Development Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. Oxford, England. Searching for the Best Evidence in Clinical Journals. Available from:

Ovid Medline Search Strategies for Systematic Reviews., Evidence Based Medicine Tool Kit. April 11th 2003. Available from:

Search Strategies to Identify Reviews and Meta-analyses in MEDLINE and CINAHL [Internet]. NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination University of York, York, YO10 5DD. Available from:

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Last updated: 28 March 2007
First published: 08 October 2002
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