Filters to Identify Epidemiological Studies

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Publications that review search filter performance

Waffenschmidt S, Hermanns T, Gerber-Grote A, Mostardt S. No suitable precise or optimized epidemiologic search filters were available for bibliographic databases. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016 Aug 26. pii: S0895-4356(16)30366-3. 
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General Royle P, Bain L, Waugh N. Systematic reviews of epidemiology in diabetes: finding the evidence. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2005;5(1):2.

MEDLINE Orphanet. Prevalence and incidence of rare diseases: bibliographic data. 2015. (Orphanet Report Series; Volume July 2015, Number 1). Available at Accessed November 2016

Larney S,  Kopinski H,   Beckwith CG, Zaller, ND,  Des Jarlais D, Hagan H, Rich JD, van den Bergh BJ, Degenhardt L. The incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C in prisons and other closed settings: Results of a systematic review and meta-analysis. Hepatology. 2013; 58(4): 1215–1224.

Jayawardena R, Ranasinghe P, Byrne NM, Soares MJ, Katulanda P, Hills AP. Prevalence and trends of the diabetes epidemic in South Asia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Public Health 2012;12:380

University of Texas School of Public Health. Search filters for epidemiological studies. Accessed 06 Dec 2012. [Ovid, PubMed]