Table 1

Determination of clinical practice guideline terms for the GLAD search strategy in the preliminary study

14 commonly used search terms

Retrievals SUMSearch

Retrievals Google Scholar(estimated number of retrievals)§

Relevant retrievals CPG term + "back pain"|| (guidelines in the top 20 [DARE 24] retrievals)


Guideline/-s/-*

340,105

1,954,000

58

Practice guideline/-s/-*

139,385

984,000

46

Recommendation/-s/-*

162,239

1,892,000

35

Standard/-s/-*

1,384,650

18,560,000

30

Clinical pathway

3,332

420,000

0

Clinical protocol

76,530

572,000

0

Clinical standard

64,009

872,000

0

Clinical recommendation

3,649

64,900

5

Consensus

62,113

970,000

7

Clinical consensus

12,401

263,000

0

Consensus (SUMSearch: AND) development conferences

6,189

49,700

6

Position paper

7,115

1,740,000

0

Clinical (SUMSearch: AND) position paper

1,085

272,000

0

Good (SUMSearch: AND) clinical practice

6,487

768,000

0


The terms 'guideline', 'practice guideline', 'recommendation' and 'standard' were entered into SUMSearch and Google Scholar with the truncation '*', and as singular and plural terms.

The number of retrievals produced by the respective CPG terms per search engine in the preliminary study.

§ Defined by Google Scholar as "Results 1–10 of about...."

|| The number of guidelines identified in SUMSearch by the combination of a CPG term and the MeSH term "back pain".

* = truncation; CPG = Clinical Practice Guideline; GLAD = GuideLine And Disease.

Haase et al. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007 7:28   doi:10.1186/1471-2288-7-28

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