Table 1

Search strategy.

Keywords used: (Pain) AND (Scale OR assessment OR measure) AND (Elderly OR residents ORgeriatric OR nursing homes OR cognitive impairment OR dementia OR Alzheimer)


Source

Hits (N =)

Selection based on reading abstracts (N =)

Final selection based on publications (N =)


Databases

Psychinfo 191

29

31

Medline 977

70*

CINAHL*** 219

17**

Abstracts

8

5

5

Citation/reference screening

37

17

15

Unpublished manuscripts

6

3

3

Total

141

54


* N = 19/70 overlapping with the Psychinfo search

** N = 15/17 overlapping with the Psychinfo and Medline searches

*** Because of the large number of publications found using CINAHL, our search of this database was limited by using the keyword 'nursing'

Zwakhalen et al. BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:3   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-6-3

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