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Mizspellin and Medline

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7072.1658 (Published 21 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1658
  1. Joel G Ray, graduate studenta,
  2. Marian J Vermeulen, graduate studentb
  1. a Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 4L8
  2. b Department of Community Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

    Literature searches, whether conducted for patient care or for construction of a systematic overview, depend on at least two factors to be comprehensive. These are, firstly, use of an inclusive set of search strategies,1 and, secondly, correct entry and referencing of published material within the database.2 There is limited evidence on the accuracy of information within electronic databases. We assessed the accuracy of entries in Medline by searching for misspelt textwords.

    Methods and results

    We conducted a literature search of 10 …

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