Table 3

Frequency of spinal terms in titles, abstracts, and four databases

Spinal Terms Used in Search Strategies

Titles n = 38

Abstracts n = 371

MEDLINE (mh) n = 292

MANTIS (de) n = 282

CINAHL (sh) n = 132

Web of Science n = 262,3,4


Cervical vertebrae [mh] [sh] [de] / cervical

10

15

8

7

4

2

Lumbar vertebrae [mh] [sh] [de] /lumbar

3

6

1

7

2

4

Neck [mh] [sh] [de]

5

5

2

2

0

Para-spine, para-spinal

1

Spine [mh] [sh] [de] / Spinal

14

21

15

8

4

8

Thoracic vertebrae [mh] [sh] [de] / thoracic

1

2

1

3

Vertebral

2

4

4


[mh] = Medical Subject Headings in MEDLINE; [pt] = publication type in MEDLINE; [sh] = Subject Heading in CINAHL [de] = Descriptor in MANTIS Note: 1One study did not have an abstract online. 2Not all studies had abstracts. 3Web of Science does not have a controlled vocabulary. 4Eleven studies had no keywords generated. * is a truncation symbol for a wild card search in PubMed and Web of Science.

Murphy et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:3   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-3-3

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