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

Margaret Sampson1*, Li Zhang12, Andra Morrison13, Nicholas J Barrowman145, Tammy J Clifford156, Robert W Platt7, Terry P Klassen8 and David Moher156

Author Affiliations

1 Chalmers Research Group, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Canada

2 Natural Sciences Library, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

3 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies, Ottawa, Canada

4 School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada

5 Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

6 Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

7 Departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Montreal, PQ, Canada

8 Alberta Research Center for Child Health Evidence, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta

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BMC Medical Research Methodology 2006, 6:33  doi:10.1186/1471-2288-6-33

Published: 18 July 2006

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Appendix 1 Search Strategies Used. Appendix listing search strategies.

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Appendix 2 – Included Studies (n = 105). List of studies included in this review.

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