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Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health): GN2041 Issues and Trends Search TIPS

Guide to locating health evidence.

Search Tips

GN20421, Fall 2019, Final Paper:
 

1. Looking for overviews and/or a focus area, scope some BACKGROUND (presynthesized) sources, (click on "Find Books/Syntheses/Background Info" above), Examples:

  • Ebook Central:

  • Credo Reference, Try a search on social determinants of health,  then try a narrower search,
    • e.g., social determinants of health AND asthma, 
    • social determinants of health AND diabetes
       
  • Nursing Reference Center Plus,
    • Try a broad search on a disease or condition
    • Try a narrower search: diabetes AND food insecurity 
       

2. Looking for individual studies, in articles via databases, (click on tab above, Find Articles/Databases)

  • . Try this in PubMed to start, Search: social determinants of health
    • "Social Determinants of Health" is a standard MeSH term
    • Now search: <your disease or condition> AND social determinants of health
    • Try a narrower search: <your disease or condition> AND social determinants of health AND health policy
    • Try a narrower search <your disease or condition> AND (uninsured OR disparities)
    • Try a narrower search <your disease or condition> AND (uninsured OR disparities) AND health policy
3. Looking for more articles via databases, try CINAHL and PsycINFO (click on tab above, Find Articles/Databases)
  • In CINAHL, use the subject terms: social determinants of health, health policy
    • example: Social Determinants of Health AND pregnancy
  • Search PsycINFO if your topic is related to behavior, addictions, mental health, etc.
    • use search terms like this: sociocultural factors/ or socioeconomic status/  OR health disparities/
    • Try this: (sociocultural factors/ or socioeconomic status/  OR health disparities/) AND <your topic>
    • Try this: health care policy AND <your topic>

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