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CAT guide: Search strategy

How to make a CAT (Critically Appraised Topic), a short summary of the best available evidence, created to answer a specific clinical question.

General aspects

Examples

P = adolescents with obsessive compulsive disorder

I =  cognitive behavior therapy combined with medication (SSRIs)

C = medication-only (SSRIs)

O = daily functioning, performance at school, complaints/symptoms

S = randomized controlled trial

 

("Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder"[Mesh] OR obsessive compulsive[tiab] OR ocd[tiab]) AND ("Cognitive Therapy"[Mesh] OR cognitive ther*[tiab]  OR cognitive behav*[tiab]) AND ("Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors"[Mesh] OR "Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors" [Pharmacological Action] OR Serotonin Uptake Inhibitor*[tiab] OR serotonin reuptake inhibitor*[tiab] OR ssri *[tiab] OR sri*[tiab]) AND ("Adolescent"[Mesh] OR adolescen*[tiab] OR youth[tiab] OR teens[tiab] OR teenager*[tiab])

Filter: Randomized Controlled Trial

 

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library contains different types of evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. 

The two most relevant ones:

-  Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

-  Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials

 

How to search Cochrane Library?

Embase

Embase is a large database with articles of biomedical and pharmaceutical journals (all Medline records are included). Embase records are indexed according to the Emtree.

Pubmed



PubMed 
comprises biomedical research articles. More

How do I search PubMed?

How to use MeSH in Pubmed?

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