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Table 2 Single search terms with highest precision in DARE (Quasi Gold Standard = 256)

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

Search Term Field Searched No of Papers Retrieved No of Relevant Papers Precision (%) Sensitivity (%)
exp DRUG HYPERSENSITIVITY indexing 11 8 73% 3%
exp DRUG TOXICITY indexing 3 2 67% 1%
exp PRODUCT SURVEILLANCE, POSTMARKETING indexing 3 2 67% 1%
adverse title 40 26 65% 10%
complication$ title 28 14 50% 5%
side effect$ title 7 3 43% 1%
'toxicity' (floating subheading) indexing 7 3 43% 1%
'chemically-induced' (floating subheading) indexing 201 85 42% 33%
adverse outcomes assessed 78 32 41% 13%
risk title 140 55 39% 21%
side effect$ outcomes assessed 3 1 33% 0%
risk outcomes assessed 168 54 32% 21%
safety title 96 29 30% 11%
complication$ outcomes assessed 46 13 28% 5%
risks outcomes assessed 39 10 26% 4%