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|Title:||PubMed had a higher sensitivity than Ovid-MEDLINE in the search for systematic reviews|
University of Toronto
University Health Network University of Toronto
Hospital for Sick Children University of Toronto
Toronto General Research Institute University of Toronto
|Citation:||Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Vol.64, No.7 (2011), 805-807|
|Abstract:||Objective: To compare the performance of Ovid-MEDLINE vs. PubMed for identifying randomized controlled trials of methotrexate (MTX) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Study Design and Setting: We created search strategies for Ovid-MEDLINE and PubMed for a systematic review of MTX in RA. Their performance was evaluated using sensitivity, precision, and number needed to read (NNR). Results: Comparing searches in Ovid-MEDLINE vs. PubMed, PubMed retrieved more citations overall than Ovid-MEDLINE; however, of the 20 citations that met eligibility criteria for the review, Ovid-MEDLINE retrieved 17 and PubMed 18. The sensitivity was 85% for Ovid-MEDLINE vs. 90% for PubMed, whereas the precision and NNR were comparable (precision: 0.881% for Ovid-MEDLINE vs. 0.884% for PubMed and NNR: 114 for Ovid-MEDLINE vs. 113 for PubMed). Conclusion: In systematic reviews of RA, PubMed has higher sensitivity than Ovid-MEDLINE with comparable precision and NNR. This study highlights the importance of well-designed database-specific search strategies. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2011-2015|
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