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Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA): Search Terms

Search Terms

Check the subject headings/descriptors for individual articles in your searches and repeat your search using these terms. The OR connector strings synonyms together in a search statement, e.g.:  (PPACA OR Obamacare OR ACA OR <your term>)

(Please note, subject headings are not consistent across databases; check the database "thesaurus" for standard terms)

Here are some of the many ways the PPACA act may be referred to (or described with index terms) in an article, book, or website:

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care [MeSH, CINAHL]
  • Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act 2010-US [Proquest Central indexing term]
  • Health care reform
  • Health Care Reform Act
  • Obamacare
  • Affordable Care Act
  • ACA
  • PL111-148
  • PL111 148

Related Search Terms:

Universal coverage
Managed care
Medical Care
Health Insurance


Sample Search in PubMed

Women's Health AND the Affordable Care Act
(a sample search strategy using Boolean Logic and a strategy for connecting key terms to retrieve relevant literature on the Affordable Care Act AND <your topic>