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Table 4 Frequency of misses on a per review basis, three strategies compared

From: An alternative to the hand searching gold standard: validating methodological search filters using relative recall

  Number of reviews with items in MEDLINE, but missed
Number of items missed HSSS123 HSSS12 NBSS
1 14 19 23
2 2 2 7
3 2 6 8
4 - 2 4
5 - 1 2
6 - 1 2
10 1* 1 -
12 - - 1
16 - 1* -
23 - - 1*
N of reviews with missing items 19 33 48
Median missed items per review 0 0 0
Interquartile range 0 – 1 0 – 1 0 – 0
  1. * These misses are attributable to review #129, Wilhelmus KR. Interventions for herpes simplex virus epithelial keratitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2002; The Cochrane Library, Issue 3, 2002. This review had 146 included studies, of which 89 could be found in MEDLINE. 73 of these were retrieved by the HSSS12, 66 by the NBSS. An additional 6 could have been retrieved by phase 3 of the HSSS, which the authors did not report using.