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Table 1 search strategy (Medline Ovid, Embase, ERIC, RDRB)

From: Evidence based post graduate training. A systematic review of reviews based on the WFME quality framework

1.1)MEDLINE OVID  
Keywords 3 MESHS  
  Education, Medical, Graduate/or Education/  
  "Internship and Residency"/  
  Family Practice/ed [Education]  
  AND  
  2 Free terms: quality - standards  
Date April 23, 2009  
Database Medline Ovid  
Search Strategy 1 exp Education, Medical, Graduate/or Education/ 31768
  2 exp "Internship and Residency"/ 26607
  3 Family Practice/ed [Education] 9044
  4 1 or 3 or 2 59921
  5 quality.mp. 412313
  6 standard.mp. 350030
  7 6 or 5 735413
  8 train*.mp. 231585
  9 8 and 4 and 7 2498
  10 limit 9 to ("review articles" and humans and (dutch or english or french) and last 14 years) 131
  11 from 10 keep 1-131 131
  12 4 and 7 5248
  13 limit 12 to ("review articles" and humans and (dutch or english or french) and last 14 years) 216
Note 3 MESHs exploded combined with 2 free terms of interest (quality - standards)  
Date April 23, 2009  
Database Medline OVID  
  17 Internship and Residency"/lj, ed, st, og [Legislation & Jurisprudence, Education, Standards, Organization & Administration] 4329
  18 Education, Medical, Graduate/lj, ed, st, og [Legislation & Jurisprudence, Education, Standards, Organization & Administration] 3329
  19 Family Practice/ed [Education] 9044
  20 Family Practice/og, lj, st [Organization & Administration, Legislation & Jurisprudence, Standards] 8460
  21 19 and 20 953
  22 21 or 18 or 17 7833
  23 limit 22 to ("review articles" and humans and yr = "1995-Current" and (dutch or english or french)) 338
Note 3 MESHs focused on the topics of interest: legislation - education - standards - organization  
  Merge databases: 338 + 216 = 554 papers - 94 duplicates  
  = 460 papers  
Date April 24, 2009  
Database Medline Ovid  
Search Strategy 1 Exp Education, Medical, Graduate/or Education/ 31769
  2 exp "Internship and Residency"/ 26608
  3 Family Practice/ed [Education] 9044
  4 1 or 3 or 2 59923
  21 train*.mp. 231625
  33 staff*.mp. 140884
  34 *"organization and administration"/or *annual reports as topic/or *"constitution and bylaws"/or governing board/or management audit/or management information systems/or mandatory programs/or organizational innovation/or program development/or public health administration/or total quality management/ 67323
  35 33 or 34 or 21 405544
  36 35 and 4 23424
  37 limit 36 to ("review articles" and humans and yr = "1995-Current" and (dutch or english or french)) 646
Note 3 MESHs exploded combined with free terms (train* - staff*) and MESHs to reflect the WFME grid  
  Merge databases: 460 + 646 = 1106 papers - 316 duplicates  
  = 790 papers  
1.2)EMBASE   
Keywords 3 Emtree terms  
  "MEDICAL EDUCATION"/  
  "EDUCATION"/  
  "FAMILY PRACTICE"  
  AND  
  2 Free terms: quality - standards  
Date June 9, 2009  
Database Embase  
  1 'medical education'/exp AND [embase]/lim 99195
  2 'education'/exp AND [embase]/lim 302046
  3 'general practice'/exp AND [embase]/lim 25131
  4 #1 OR #3 OR #2 320689
  5 quality AND [embase]/lim 403812
  6 standard AND [embase]/lim 329464
  7 #5 OR #6 700932
  8 train* AND [embase]/lim 206593
  9 # 8 AND #4 AND #7 10658
  10 #4 AND #7 46774
  11 #4 AND #7 AND [review]/lim AND ([dutch]/lim OR [english]/lim OR [french]/lim) AND [embase]/lim AND [1995-2009]/py 7024
  12 #4 AND #7 AND ([meta analysis]/lim OR [randomized controlled trial]/lim OR [systematic review]/lim) AND [review]/lim AND ([dutch]/lim OR [english]/lim OR [french]/lim) AND [embase]/lim AND [humans]lim AND [embase]/lim AND [1995-2009]/py 392
Note 3 Emtree terms combined with 2 free terms of interest (quality - standards)  
Date   
June 9, 2009   
Database Embase  
  13 legislation AND [embase]/lim 17350
  14 education AND [embase]/lim 315073
  15 standards AND [embase]/lim 54455
  16 organization AND [embase]/lim 243462
  17 #1 AND #13 AND #14 AND #15 AND #16 4
  18 #2 AND #13 AND #14 AND #15 AND #16 18
  19 #3 AND #13 AND #14 AND #15 AND #16 0
  20 #1 AND #13 AND #14 AND #15 AND #16 AND ([metaanalysis]/lim OR [randomized controlled trial]/lim OR[systematic review]/lim) AND [review]/lim AND ([dutch]/lim OR [english]/lim OR [french]/lim) AND [humans]/lim AND [embase]/lim AND [1995-2009]/py 0
  21 #13 OR #14 OR #15 OR #16 OR #19 OR #20 588503
  22 #1 AND #21 92453
  23 #13 OR #15 OR #16 307648
  24 #3 AND #23 2303
  25 #1 AND #23 10901
  26 #2 AND #23 36791
  27 #3 AND #24 2303
  28 #25 OR #26 OR #27 38427
  29 #25 OR #26 OR #27 AND ([meta analysis]/lim OR [ran 95
  domized controlled trial]/lim OR [systematic review/lim)  
  AND [review]/lim AND ([dutch]/lim OR [english]/lim  
  OR [french]/lim) AND [humans]/lim AND [embase]/lim  
  AND [1995-2009]/py  
Note 3 Emtree terms focused on topics of interest: legislation - education - standards - organization  
Date June 9, 2009  
Database Embase  
Search Strategy 1 'medical education'/exp AND [embase]/lim 99195
  2 'education'/exp AND [embase]/lim 302046
  3 'general practice'/exp AND [embase]/lim 25131
  5 #1 OR #3 OR #2 320689
  6 train* AND [embase]/lim 206655
  7 staff* AND [embase]/lim 73410
  8 'organization and management'/exp AND [embase]/lim 333505
  9 'health care management'/exp AND [embase]/lim 297404
  10 governing AND board AND [embase]/lim 214
  11 management AND audit AND [embase]/lim 5795
  12 management AND information AND systems AND 7583
  [embase]/lim  
  13 mandatory AND programs AND [embase]/lim 626
  14 organizational AND innovation AND [embase]/lim 240
  15 program AND development AND [embase]/lim 44213
  16 public AND health AND administration AND [embase]/lim 14407
  17 total AND quality AND management AND [embase]/lim 11402
  18 #7 OR #8 OR #9 OR #10 OR #11 OR #12 OR #13 OR #14 OR #15 OR #16 482585
  18 #5 OR #6 OR #17 700724
  19 #4 OR #18 113868
  20 #4 AND #18 AND ([meta analysis]/lim OR [randomized controlled trial]/lim OR [systematic review]/lim) AND [review]/lim AND ([dutch]/lim OR [english]/lim OR [french]/lim) AND [humans]/lim AND [embase]/lim AND [1995-2009]/p 391
Note 3 Emtree terms combined with free terms (train* - staff*) and MESHs to reflect the WFME grid  
  Merge databases: 392 + 95 + 391 = 878 papers - 263 duplicates = 615 papers  
1.3) ERIC   
Keywords "Graduate Medical Education"  
  "Family Practice (medicine)"  
  quality  
  train*  
  staff*  
  standards  
  organization  
  legislation  
Date July 30, 2009  
Database ERIC  
Search Strategy 1) Thesaurus descriptors: "Graduate Medical Education"  
  OR  
  2) Thesaurus descriptors: "Family Practice (Medicine)  
  AND  
  3) Keywords: quality OR train* OR staff* OR standards OR organization OR legislation  
  Publication date: 1995-2010  
  Publication type: journal article  
  N = 303  
1.4) RDRB   
Keywords graduate medical education  
  internship  
  residenc*  
  family practice  
  quality  
  train*  
  staff*  
  standards  
  organization  
  legislation  
Date August 1, 2009  
Database RDRB  
Search Strategy Advanced search  
  X Search all groups  
  Key words: graduate medical education OR internship OR family practice  
  AND  
  Key words: quality OR train* OR staff*  
  Limits: 1995-2010  
  N = 255  
Date August 1, 2009  
Database RDRB  
Search Strategy Advanced search  
  X Search all groups  
  Key words: graduate medical education OR residenc* OR family practice  
  AND  
  Key words: quality OR train* OR staff*  
  Limits: 1995-2010  
  N = 234  
  Merge databases: 255 + 234 = 489 - 234 duplicates  
  = 255 papers  
Date August 1, 2009  
Database RDRB  
Search Strategy Advanced search  
  X Search all groups  
  Key words: graduate medical education OR internship OR family practice  
  AND  
  Key words: standards OR organization OR legislation  
  Limits: 1995-2010  
  N = 293  
  Merge databases: 255 + 293 = 548 - 89 duplicates  
  = 459 papers