Filters to Identify Qualitative Research

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This page shows publications that have reviewed search filter performance and individual search filters.

Publications that review search filter performance

DeJean D, Giacomini M, Simeonov D, Smith A. Finding qualitative research evidence for health technology assessment. Qual Health Res. 2016;26(10):1307-17



Individual search filters
Database Filter
CINAHL Wilczynski NL, Marks S, Haynes RB. Search strategies for identifying qualitative studies in CINAHL. Qual Health Res. 2007;17(5):705-10.

University of Alberta. After McKibbon A, Eady A and Marks S. PDQ Evidence-based principles and practice. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; 1999 and Evans DJ. Database searches for qualitative research. J Med Libr Assoc 2002;90:290-3. [Ovid]

Marks S. Qualitative studies. In: McKibbon A, Eady A, Marks S. PDQ evidence-based principles and practice. Hamilton, Canada: BC Decker Inc., 1999.

Edward G Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center filter [undated] [Ovid]

EMBASE Walters LA, Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB; Hedges Team. Developing optimal search strategies for retrieving clinically relevant qualitative studies in EMBASE. Qual Health Res. 2006;16(1):162-8. [Ovid]
     
Also at http://hiru.mcmaster.ca/hiru/HIRU_Hedges_EMBASE_Strategies.aspx
MEDLINE

DeJean D, Giacomini M,  Simeonov D, Smith A. Finding qualitative research evidence for health technology assessment. Qual Health Res. 2016;26(10) 1307–1317

University of Texas School of Public Health. Search filters for qualitative studies. Accessed 06 Dec 2013. [Ovid]

Important note: All of the MEDLINE strategies presented below were developed before the MeSH Heading ‘Qualitative Research’ was introduced – Year of Entry: 2003. This should be taken into account when using these strategies. As new strategies are developed which include and/or evaluate the performance of this heading they will be added to this section.

Wong SS, Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB. Developing optimal search strategies for detecting clinically relevant qualitative studies in MEDLINE. Medinfo 2004;11(1):311-6. 

And also at http://hiru.mcmaster.ca/hiru/HIRU_Hedges_MEDLINE_Strategies.aspx


University of Alberta. After McKibbon A, Eady A and Marks S. PDQ Evidence-based principles and practice. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; 1999 and Evans DJ. Database searches for qualitative research. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:290-3. [Ovid & PubMed]

Grant MJ. Searching for qualitative research studies on the Medline database [oral presentation]. Qualitative Evidence Based Practice Conference; 2000 May 14-16; Coventry University, UK.

Grant MJ. Development of an optimal search strategy for qualitative research methodologies [oral presentation]. Qualitative Evidence Based Practice Conference; 2000 May 15-17; Coventry University, UK.

Marks S. Qualitative studies. In: McKibbon A, Eady A, Marks S. PDQ evidence-based principles and practice. Hamilton, Canada: BC Decker Inc., 1999.

Health Information Research Unit, McMaster University strategy [undated] [Ovid & PubMed translation]

Ovid (textwords) University of Alberta. After McKibbon A, Eady A and Marks S. PDQ Evidence-based principles and practice. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker; 1999 and Evans DJ. Database searches for qualitative research. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002;90:290-3.

PsycINFO

University of Texas School of Public Health. Search filters for qualitative studies. Accessed 06 Dec 2013. [Ovid]

McKibbon KA, Wilczynski NL, Haynes RB. Developing optimal search strategies for retrieving qualitative studies in PsycINFO. Eval Health Prof. 2006;29(4):440-54.

See also http://hiru.mcmaster.ca/hiru/HIRU_Hedges_PsycINFO_Strategies.aspx

General Grant MJ. How does your searching grow? A survey of search preferences and the use of optimal search strategies in the identification of qualitative research. Health Info Libr J. 2004;21(1):21-32.

Shaw RL, Booth A, Sutton AJ, Miller T, Smith JA, Young B, Jones DR, Dixon-Woods M. Finding qualitative research: an evaluation of search strategies. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2004;4:5.


See also the public views search filters to identify studies on the patient issues/preferences associated with a technology.