EBM II: How to perform a literature search

M. Castagnetti, K. W. Herbst, D. Bagli, G. M. A. Beckers, L. Harper, M. Kaefer, N. Kalfa, M. Fossum, The ESPU Research Committee

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The present article is a second part related to evidence based medicine (EBM) in a series of five by the European society for paediatric urology (ESPU) research committee. It will present the different databases/search engines available to clinicians and researchers and describe strategies to focus the search to one's particular needs. Indeed, databases/search engines used and search strategy should vary according to the goal of the research. If the aim is to address a clinical problem, the search should allow to identify a small number of most pertinent articles (high specificity); if the search is for research purposes, instead, it should ensure no meaningful articles are overlooked (high sensitivity).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-269
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Pediatric Urology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

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