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1. Rollin L, Darmoni S, Caillard JF, Gehanno JF: Searching for high-quality articles about intervention studies in occupational health--what is really missed when using only the Medline database? Scand J Work Environ Health; 2010 Nov;36(6):484-7
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  • [Title] Searching for high-quality articles about intervention studies in occupational health--what is really missed when using only the Medline database?
  • OBJECTIVE: Most occupational health physicians access electronic databases to obtain reliable medical information.
  • Although it has been demonstrated that the use of Medline alone does not ensure comprehensiveness, many experts rely solely on this database.
  • Our study aimed to discover to what extent the physician who limits his/her search to Medline misses studies of high quality.
  • METHODS: We constructed a "gold standard" database of high-quality intervention studies gathering all the references included in the systematic reviews of the Cochrane Library and indexed under the topic "occupational health field".
  • We then searched all these references, one by one, in Medline.
  • RESULTS: Overall, 88.8% [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 86.1-91.5] of the high quality studies included in our gold standard database were indexed in Medline.
  • References included in reviews on psychiatric or psychological topics were significantly less often indexed in Medline [81.7% (95% CI 75.9-88.5)] than references included in reviews on other topics [92.2% (95% CI 89.5-95.0)] (P=0.001).
  • CONCLUSION: The recall ratio of Medline for high-quality intervention studies is close to 90%.
  • For occupational health practitioners who aim to find reliable answers to their daily practice questions, searching Medline only is more cost-effective than previously thought.
  • [MeSH-major] MEDLINE / statistics & numerical data. Occupational Health. Search Engine
  • [MeSH-minor] Abstracting and Indexing as Topic. Medicine in Literature

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  • (PMID = 20740265.001).
  • [ISSN] 1795-990X
  • [Journal-full-title] Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Scand J Work Environ Health
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article
  • [Publication-country] Finland
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