Development of a subject search filter to find information relevant to palliative care in the general medical literature
Fazekas, Belinda Susan
Abernethy, Amy Pickar
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The study conﬁrmed that literature relevant to palliative care is difﬁcult to identify in general medical journals. While the ﬁlter developed in this research represents the best trade-off between sensitivity, speciﬁcity, accuracy, and precision, the sensitivity is unacceptably low. Further research, such as frequency analysis of text-words and MeSH terms, is required to increase the sensitivity of searching in this subset of the literature.