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PHC Search Filter

The PHC Search Filter is an efficient search strategy giving you easy access to the primary health care literature you need.

To try the PHC Search Filter either:

  1. Follow one of the One-Click search links for a topic, OR
  2. Build-Your-Own search; see the Help section Quick Start Guide.

Choose from one of the following available topics:

Chronic Disease Management

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Continuity of patient care

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Coronary heart disease

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Diabetes

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

General practitioners

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Health services accessibility

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Heart failure

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Indigenous health

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Mental illness

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Palliative care

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Patient experience

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

Rural and remote health

Choose from the following One-Click searches to PubMed:

OR

OR
another topic of your choice

Use the PHC Search Filter Build-Your-Own search and enter keywords to match your topic of interest.

Build-Your-Own search using the following, all are optional. Quick Start Guide available.

Topic and/or keywords of your interest:

Topic:   











Keywords:

Refine search using any combination of:



 

[-] Search URL which will be used for this search (click to expand)

PHC Search Filter

Help

Help sections

Quick Start Guide

The PHS RIS Search Filter provides two options to get you started. We recommend you try both:

One-Click search

  1. Choose a topic of interest
  2. Click a One-Click search link

Build-Your-Own search

  1. Choose a topic of interest or the entire PHC concept (ie. no specific topic)
  2. Add keywords
  3. Refine search using any combination of the available options
  4. Click Search button

Note:

  • The results will open in a new web browser window at the PubMed website
  • To return to this page to refine your selections and search again, you need to close the PubMed window

Explore the search options and help icons to learn more.

Tips for Success

Clicking ‘search’ without selecting any options will show all citations (over 220,000) that match the primary health care concept - try it!

Topic

The PHC Search Filter is designed to include all results using the PHC Search Filter ‘core’ component and therefore will return ALL citations about the ‘primary health care’ concept (over 220,000!).

A ‘Topic’ is a collection of search terms for a PHC topic or concept. Selecting a Topic allows you to refine the results according to the defined search terms for that topic.

Find out more about the PHC Search Filter ‘core’ and ‘topic search’ components on the background information page.

Tips for success

You can combine a ‘Topic’ with keywords to further refine the results.

Keywords

The keyword option is empty, allowing you to add your own! If your area of interest is not found in the list of topics, enter one or more keywords you are interested in and these will be added to your search, further refining the results.

You can use common language terms, eg heart attack, adhd and immunisation but avoid conflicting with the ‘core’ of the PHC Search Filter by not using the following search keywords (a warning will be displayed):

Community health ; Community mental health services ; Community nurse ; Community pharmacy ; Family medicine ; Family physicians ; Family practice ; General practice ; General practitioners ; GP ; Health promotion ; Health visit ; Home based ; Home care ; Home health ; Prevention program ; Preventive care ; Preventive health ; Preventive health services ; Preventive service ; Primary care ; Primary health care

Note that adding keywords is likely to reduce the number of results returned.

Tips for success

  • You can combine ‘Topic’ with keywords to further refine your results
  • There is some great mapping in PubMed. Check the advanced search page "Query translation" and see how PubMed has interpreted the search.

Free Full Text

The PHC Search Filter is designed to include citations of articles which you may or may not require a subscription to access the full-text version of the article.

By selecting the Free Full Text option, only results containing ‘free full text’ articles will be shown (ie. citations which don’t require a subscription to access the full article).

Note that this is likely to reduce the number of results.

RCTs / Systematic Reviews

By selecting the RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews option, the results will be filtered to those which include systematic reviews and other randomised controlled trials (RCTs) only.

By default, this option is un-checked which will return results with ‘all types of evidence’.

Note that this is likely to reduce the number of results.

Australia

By default, the filter will include citations which may or may not mention Australia or any of its States. By selecting the Australia option, the filter will limit the results to those which mention Australia or any of its States.

Note that this is likely to reduce the number of results.

Published Date

By default, the filter will return all citations found regardless of date published.

Selecting Last 1, 5 or 10 years in the Published date option will limit the results to articles published in that period of time.

Note that this is likely to reduce the number of results.

Search URL

Use the expand option to view the search URL (the link to PubMed) being generated for your search selections.

This will show you the complexity behind the PHC Search Filter ‘core’ and the Topic searches.

When you click ‘Search’ this is the URL that will be used in the new window that takes you to PubMed.

Tips

  • Expand the Search URL option to see it change as you select or change search options.
  • You can copy search terms from the Search URL to help you build your own search strategy. Please cite the PHC Search Filter where appropriate.

See more about the Features/benefits/limitations of the PHC Search Filter and how it was created in the background information. Please let us know any feedback you have, or how you will use the PHC Search Filter.

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