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Table 3 Single search terms with the highest sensitivity 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 Sensitivity (%) Precision (%)
'adverse-effects' ('floating' subheading) indexing 898 198 77% 22%
'chemically-induced' ('floating' subheading) indexing 201 85 33% 42%
RISK FACTORS indexing 336 69 27% 21%
risk title 140 55 21% 39%
risk outcomes Assessed 168 54 21% 32%
'drug-effects' (floating subheading) indexing 273 42 16% 15%
'complications' (floating subheading) indexing 550 36 14% 7%
adverse outcomes assessed 78 32 13% 41%
safety title 96 29 11% 30%
adverse title 40 26 10% 65%