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Optimizing literature search in systematic reviews – are MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL enough for identifying effect studies within the area of musculoskeletal disorders?

BMC Medical Research MethodologyBMC series – open, inclusive and trusted201616:161

Received: 6 September 2016

Accepted: 14 November 2016

Published: 22 November 2016

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14 Nov 2016 Editorially accepted
22 Nov 2016 Article published 10.1186/s12874-016-0264-6

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Physiotherapy, Holbaek University Hospital, Holbaek, Denmark
Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy, Institute for Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Center for Evidence-based practice, Bergen University College, Bergen, Norway
Department of Rehabilitation, Copenhagen University Hospital, Herlev, Gentofte, Denmark