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Table 1 Sensitivity and precision of searches in DARE and CDSR

From: Identifying systematic reviews of the adverse effects of health care interventions

  No of Papers Retrieved No of Relevant Papers Sensitivity (%) Precision (%)
DARE (Quasi Gold Standard = 256)     
'floating' subheadings: 'adverse effects' OR 'drug effects' OR 'complications' OR 'poisoning' OR 'toxicity' OR 'chemically induced' 1386 217 85% 16%
'floating' subheadings: 'adverse effects' OR 'drug effects' OR 'complications' OR 'poisoning', 'toxicity' OR 'chemically induced' OR Exp DRUG HYPERSENSITIVITY OR Exp DRUG TOXICITY OR Exp PRODUCT SURVEILLANCE, POSTMARKETING 1386 217 85% 16%
synonyms of 'adverse effects' in the 'title' OR 'outcomes assessed in the review' field 873 160 63% 18%
synonyms of 'adverse effects' in the title 462 132 52% 29%
synonyms of 'adverse effects' in 'outcomes assessed in the review' field 659 116 45% 18%
exp DRUG HYPERSENSITIVITY OR exp DRUG TOXICITY OR exp PRODUCT SURVEILLANCE, POSTMARKETING 14 10 4% 71%
CDSR (Quasi Gold Standard = 14)     
'floating' subheadings: 'adverse effects' OR 'drug effects' OR 'complications' OR 'poisoning', 'toxicity' OR 'chemically induced' 416 9 64% 3%
synonyms of 'adverse effects' near/20 objectives in the 'abstract' field 1049 5 36% 0.5%
synonyms of 'adverse effects' in the 'title' field 64 2 14% 3%
exp DRUG HYPERSENSITIVITY OR exp DRUG TOXICITY OR exp PRODUCT SURVEILLANCE, POSTMARKETING 2 0 0% 0%