Mesh terms

A little more about MeSH terms

  • Any term cannot become a MeSH term. PubMed needs to have a specific volume of references on a topic, for the topic to become a MeSH term. For eg - MRI was not a MeSH term when in was a new diagnostic tool

  • MeSH terms are revised every year. (So MRI became a mesh term, when it was recognized as an important diagnostic tool AND there were enough articles on MRI)

  • Every MeSH term can have a subheading - and this subheading follows a forward slash

    • Example - Osteoporosis/drug therapy (This will be a mesh term for an article that discusses drug treatment of osteoporosis)

    • If a MeSH term has a * indicated, then it is covered in depth in that article