Identifying relevant studies for systematic reviews

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6972.126 (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:126
  1. Carl Counsell,
  2. Hazel Fraser
  1. Clinical research fellow Administrator, Cochrane Collaboration Stroke Review Group Neurosciences Trials Unit, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital NHS Trust, Edinburgh EH4 2XU

    EDITOR,—We agree with Kay Dickersin and colleagues' recommendations regarding the need for improved reporting of randomised controlled trials by authors and improved indexing of such trials in electronic databases.1 We wish to make two additional points on the basis of our experience of searching for randomised controlled trials related to stroke.

    Firstly, there is a need for improved indexing in Medline (and other databases) of the medical subjects as well as the terms used …

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