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PubMed @ NYU: MeSH

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MeSH translations

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Vocabulary

MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary, a standard collection of terms used to index article contents.

  • MeSH terminology imposes uniformity and consistency to the indexing of the biomedical literature.
  • Searching using MeSH pulls together all articles on a concept including synonyms and allows for spelling variations.
  • Link to a MeSH video tutorial
  • Link to MeSH factsheet

When searching Pubmed with terms, e.g.: joint replacement in the MeSH database, the results will include:

  • The entry term translated to MeSH terminology: Arthroplasty, replacement
  • A display of Subheadings.
    (If none are selected, results will include results with or without the subheadings;
    if two (2) or more are selected, then results will include  citations that include any of the subheadings selected.)
  • A display of a MeSH term hierarchically, for example, the term Arthroplasty, replacement and its narrower terms
     


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Create a MeSH Analysis Grid

Use the Yale MeSH Analyzer  to create your own MeSH Analysis Grid! It is simple to depict your indexed citations from Medline/PubMed with MeSH terms like the table below. Help identify the problems in your search, re-think and modify your strategy.

PMID

25036417

24882691

24820247

Title

Does preoperative orientation and education alleviate anxiety i...

Enhanced education and physiotherapy before knee replacement; i...

Preoperative education for hip or knee replacement.

Author (Year)

Rhodes L (2015)

Jordan RW (2014)

McDonald S (2014)

MeSH Headings

Adolescent
Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use
Anxiety / diagnosis
Anxiety / prevention & control

Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / methods
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / rehabilitation

Anxiety / prevention & control
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / adverse effects
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / psychology
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / adverse effects
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / psychology

Caregivers / psychology
Child

   
 

Exercise Therapy / methods

Early Ambulation

Female

Female
Follow-Up Studies

 

Humans

Humans

Humans

Length of Stay

 

Length of Stay

Male

Male

 

Patient Education as Topic
Patient Satisfaction
Preoperative Care
Prospective Studies

Patient Education as Topic / methods
Physical Therapy Modalities
Preoperative Care / methods

Patient Education as Topic
Postoperative Complications / psychology
Preoperative Care / methods

 

Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic

Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic

Scoliosis / surgery
Single-Blind Method
Spinal Fusion / psychology

   
 

Treatment Outcome

 

Author Keywords

 

Education
Knee arthroplasty
Knee replacement
Physiotherapy
Pre-operative

 

 

MeSH Mapping

Using the MeSH browser feature of PubMed helps you to translate your term into the vocabulary of the database. For example, your entry term: "texting" gets translated to text messaging, the MeSH term:

 

 

Below are more examples:

Entry Term 
MeSH Term
texting
Text messaging [MeSH]
cancer
Neoplasms [MeSH]
hand washing
Handwashing [MeSH]
hospital infection
Cross infection [MeSH]
 
nurse absenteeism
 
Absenteeism [MeSH]
 
pressure mattress
Beds [MeSH]
AIDS
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [MeSH]
ventilator associated pneumonia
pneumonia, ventilator-associated"[MeSH]
nurse patient ratio
Nursing Staff, Hospital/supply & distribution [MeSH]
Personnel Staffing and Scheduling/statistics & numerical data [MeSH]
falls
Accidental falls [MeSH]
restraints
Restraint, physical [MeSH]
electronic medical record
Electronic health records [MeSH]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

MeSH on Demand

MeSH on Demand identifies MeSH Terms in a block of text using the NLM Medical Text Indexer (MTI) program.

CLICK HERE to access MeSH on Demand

After processing, MeSH on Demand returns a list of MeSH Terms relevant to your text.

For more information about MeSH on Demand, please see the  NLM Technical Bulletin article.