Table 4

Frequency of palpation procedural terms in titles, abstracts and four databases

Palpation Procedural Terms Used in the 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


Diagnosis [mh] [sh] [de]

2

3

17

23

7

2

Manual

3

9

2

Manipulat*

2

7

Manipulation, chiropractic [mh] [sh] [de]

4

1

Manipulation, orthopedic [mh] [sh] [de]

4

6

3

Manipulation, osteopathic [mh] [de]

Manipulation, spinal [mh] [de]

2

7

5

1

Palpation [mh] [sh] [de] /palpat*

7

19

11

16

6

4

Authors' and Indexers' Terms

Physical examination [mh] [sh] [de]

1

3

5

15

5

3


[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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