Thursday, 1 September 2016

Medline strategy for chronic kidney disease

I devised this, gathering ideas from a number of sources, and from suggestions made when I asked lis-medical, and from more suggestions made when I posted a draft there.

Here it is.   The syntax is for the current (September 2016) NHS HDAS interface, and of course may need amending for use in other interfaces.   The subject headings in use will need altering if you want to use the strategy in Embase or Cinahl.

1.            ((endstage or “end stage” or established or chronic or progressive) adj1 (renal or kidney) adj1 (failure or disease* or insufficienc*)).ti,ab

2.            (Chronic adj1 nephropath*).ti,ab

3.            (“Chronic uremia” or “chronic uraemia”).ti,ab

4.            (CKD or CKF or CKI or CRD or CRF or CRI).ti,ab

5.            (ESKD or ESRD or ESRF).ti,ab

6.            kidney diseases/ and chronic.ti,ab.

7.            exp Renal insufficiency, chronic/ 

8.            Renal insufficiency/ AND chronic.ti,ab. 

9.            1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8

Why the need for so many search terms?   An article by Hsu and Chertow explores the ambiguity in the use of disease terminology in nephrology, as discussed on this blog post elsewhere.

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