Table 1

Generation of sample for analysis of discourses on the non-medical use of methylphenidate.

Discourse

Databases

Keywords

Articles (n)


Print media

Lexis-Nexis Academic Factiva

"Ritalin"

"methylphenidate"

"smart drugs"

"Ritalin & study aid"

"cognitive enhancement"

"neuroethics"

"stimulant abuse"

"non-medical use"

"illicit use"

20*



Bioethics literature

PubMed (bioethics limit) Expanded Academic

14



Public health literature

PubMed Expanded Academic

7


* We found a single article repeated four times (N = 23 articles) but kept the twenty distinct articles for analysis (except for the headline analysis since all 23 headlines were distinct).

Articles originated from the USA (n = 11), UK (n = 6), Australia (n = 2) and Canada (n = 1).

Forlini and Racine BMC Medical Ethics 2009 10:9   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-10-9

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