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Finding qualitative research: an evaluation of search strategies

Rachel L Shaw1*, Andrew Booth2, Alex J Sutton1, Tina Miller3, Jonathan A Smith4, Bridget Young5, David R Jones1 and Mary Dixon-Woods1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, 22-28 Princess Road West, Leicester, LE1 6TP, UK

2 ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield, S1 4DA, UK

3 Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane Campus, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP, UK

4 Department of Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX, UK

5 Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool, The Whelan Building, Quadrangle, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L69 3GB, UK

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BMC Medical Research Methodology 2004, 4:5  doi:10.1186/1471-2288-4-5

Published: 16 March 2004

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Additional File 1:

Breast-feeding support search terms. This contains the Cochrane breast-feeding support search terms. These terms remained constant for all three qualitative methods strategies. Modifications were made for each database to accommodate the different thesaurus terms in each.

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Additional File 2:

Qualitative methodology Search strategies. This includes the search terms for used in the three qualitative methods search strategies. Each strategy was modified to suit each of the six electronic bibliographic databases making a total of 18 search strategies (on six databases using three qualitative methodology variations).

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