Development and validation of a database filter for study size: preliminary results

Abstract


Researchers performing systematic reviews often express the desire to limit the search results to a certain study size. The aim of our study was to develop a filter in embase.com and Ovid to retrieve references above a specified threshold of study size. The filter that was developed consists mainly of truncated numbers in proximity with words such as patients, cases, adults, females and phrases like "n=".  Preliminary results showed that the sensitivity of the filter, as evaluated on existing systematic reviews, was at least 94%. The burden of screening for systematic reviews can be greatly reduced with the study size filter.
Published
2022-09-06
How to Cite
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Gunput S, Bramer W. Development and validation of a database filter for study size: preliminary results. JEAHIL [Internet]. 6Sep.2022 [cited 29Sep.2022];18(3):9-0. Available from: http://ojs.eahil.eu/ojs/index.php/JEAHIL/article/view/529
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