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Table 4 Development and validation data sets for MEDLINE, EMBASE, and CINAHL

From: An optimal search filter for retrieving systematic reviews and meta-analyses

  Development (2001) Validation (2004–2005)
MEDLINE   
All articles 503500 1174817
health-evidence.ca SR search filter   
Articles retrieved 4206 13260
Total articles relevant for MEDLINE 53 207
Articles relevant and identified by search filter 46 186
PH search filter
Articles retrieved 17586 46622
Total articles relevant for MEDLINE 53 207
Articles relevant and identified by search filter 46 191
EMBASE
All articles 990862 453948
health-evidence.ca SR search filter
Articles retrieved 4105 17443
Total articles relevant for EMBASE 33 107
Articles relevant and identified by search filter 24 94
PH search filter
Articles retrieved 4663 20919
Total articles relevant for EMBASE 33 107
Articles relevant and identified by search filter 17 68
CINAHL
All articles 96579 272264
health-evidence.ca SR search filter
Articles retrieved 1895 6619
Total articles relevant for CINAHL 36 129
Articles relevant and identified by search filter 31 116
PH search filter
Articles retrieved 1443 46630
Total articles relevant for CINAHL 36 129
Articles relevant and identified by search filter 31 114
  1. Abbreviations: SR – systematic review; PH – public health.