Washington University School of Medicine

Search Strategies

Several search strategies were created to survey the literature for previous work done in our areas of interest. We created search strategies around four topics:

  • the “audience” of each survey (i.e. Basic Science Researchers, Clinical Research Professionals, Healthcare Professionals, Community Organizations, and Community Members)
  • the topic of genomics or genetics
  • the topic of information seeking behavior
  • the topic of data collection

These four overarching topics were Boolean AND-ed together. The searches were purposefully made quite broad, and therefore the results came back with some non-relevant citations, but we felt comfortable weeding through these results.

We searched for literature in several databases, and have only posted our search strategies for PubMed. We also reviewed the reference section of helpful papers to find other articles that are highly relevant to our research area.

 

Search Strategy for Information Needs of Basic Science Researchers

("Research Personnel"[Mesh] OR “research personnel” OR “researchers” OR “researcher” OR “research employee” OR “research staff” OR “investigator” OR “investigators” OR “survey personnel” OR “basic science researcher” OR “scientist” OR “biomedical researcher”) AND ("Genomics"[Mesh] OR “genomics” OR “genomic medicine” OR “genome science” OR "Translational Medical Research"[Mesh] OR “translational medicine research” OR “translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational science award” OR “CTSA” OR "Genetic Testing"[Mesh] OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic screening” OR "Genetics"[Mesh] OR “genetics” OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic information” OR “science” OR "Biomedical Research"[Mesh] OR “biomedical research” OR “medical research” OR “clinical research”) AND ("Information Seeking Behavior"[Mesh] OR “information seeking behavior” OR “information seeking behaviour” OR “information need” OR “information needs” OR “information behavior”)AND ("Data Collection"[Mesh] OR “data collection” OR “survey” OR “survey methods” OR “survey methodology” OR “library survey” OR "Qualitative Research"[Mesh] OR “qualitative research” OR “interview” OR "Questionnaires"[Mesh] OR “questionnaire” OR “questionnaires”  OR “evaluation”)

 

Search Strategy for Information Needs of Clinical Research Professionals

("Physicians"[Mesh] “physician” OR “doctor” OR “clinician” OR “clinical investigator*” OR “clinical researcher” OR "Research Personnel"[Mesh] OR “research personnel” OR “researchers” OR “researcher” OR “research employee” OR “research staff” OR “investigator” OR “investigators” OR “survey personnel” OR "Nurses"[Mesh] OR “nurse” OR “nurses” OR “nursing personnel” OR “clinical research coordinator”) AND ("Genomics"[Mesh] OR “genomics” OR “genomic medicine” OR “genome science” OR "Translational Medical Research"[Mesh] OR “translational medicine research” OR “translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational science award” OR “CTSA” OR "Genetic Testing"[Mesh] OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic screening” OR "Genetics"[Mesh] OR “genetics” OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic information” OR “science” OR "Biomedical Research"[Mesh] OR “biomedical research” OR “medical research” OR “clinical research”) AND ("Information Seeking Behavior"[Mesh] OR “information seeking behavior” OR “information seeking behaviour” OR “information need” OR “information needs” OR “information behavior”) AND ("Data Collection"[Mesh] OR “data collection” OR “survey” OR “survey methods” OR “survey methodology” OR “library survey” OR "Qualitative Research"[Mesh] OR “qualitative research” OR “interview” OR "Questionnaires"[Mesh] OR “questionnaire” OR “questionnaires”  OR “evaluation”)

 

Search Strategy for Information Needs of Healthcare Professionals

 ("Physicians"[Mesh] “physician” OR “physicians” OR “doctor” OR “doctors” OR “clinician” OR “clinician” OR "Physician Assistants"[Mesh]  OR “physician assistants” OR “physician’s assistant” OR “physicians assistant” OR “doctor’s assistant” OR “doctors assistant” OR "Nurses"[Mesh] OR “nurse” OR “nurses” OR “nursing personnel”  OR "Nurse Practitioners"[Mesh] OR “nurse practitioners” OR “nurse practioner” OR "Nurse Clinicians"[Mesh] OR “nurse clinicians” OR “nurse clinician” OR  “nurse specialist, clinical” OR “clinical nurse specialist” OR “clinical nurse specialists”) AND ("Genomics"[Mesh] OR “genomics” OR “genomic medicine” OR “genome science” OR "Translational Medical Research"[Mesh] OR “translational medicine research” OR “translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational science award” OR “CTSA” OR "Genetic Testing"[Mesh] OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic screening” OR "Genetics"[Mesh] OR “genetics” OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic information” OR “science” OR "Biomedical Research"[Mesh] OR “biomedical research” OR “medical research” OR “clinical research”) AND ("Information Seeking Behavior"[Mesh] OR “information seeking behavior” OR “information seeking behaviour” OR “information need” OR “information needs” OR “information behavior”) AND ("Data Collection"[Mesh] OR “data collection” OR “survey” OR “survey methods” OR “survey methodology” OR “library survey” OR "Qualitative Research"[Mesh] OR “qualitative research” OR “interview” OR "Questionnaires"[Mesh] OR “questionnaire” OR “questionnaires”  OR “evaluation”)

 

Search Strategy for Information Needs of Community Organizations and Community Members

("Community Health Planning"[Mesh]) OR “community health planning” OR "Community-Institutional Relations"[Mesh] OR “community-institutional relation*” OR “community intuitional relation*” OR “community relation*” OR “community outreach” OR "Community-Based Participatory Research"[Mesh] OR “community-based participatory research” OR “community based participatory research” OR “community-based research, consumer-driven” OR “consumer driven community based research” OR “consumer driven community-based research” OR “Community members” OR “community” OR “audience” OR  “general audience” OR “general public” OR “public” OR “members of the public” OR "Patients"[Mesh] OR “patients” OR “patient” OR “client” OR “clients” OR "Family"[Mesh] OR “family” OR “families” OR “family members” OR “family member” OR “extended family” OR “extended families”) AND ("Genomics"[Mesh] OR “genomics” OR “genomic medicine” OR “genome science” OR "Translational Medical Research"[Mesh] OR “translational medicine research” OR “translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational medicine” OR “clinical and translational science award” OR “CTSA” OR "Genetic Testing"[Mesh] OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic screening” OR "Genetics"[Mesh] OR “genetics” OR “genetic testing” OR “genetic information” OR "Biomedical Research"[Mesh] OR “biomedical research” OR “medical research” OR “clinical research”) AND ("Information Seeking Behavior"[Mesh] OR “information seeking behavior” OR “information seeking behaviour” OR “information need” OR “information needs” OR “information behavior”) AND ("Data Collection"[Mesh] OR “data collection” OR “survey” OR “survey methods” OR “survey methodology” OR “library survey” OR "Qualitative Research"[Mesh] OR “qualitative research” OR “interview” OR "Questionnaires"[Mesh] OR “questionnaire” OR “questionnaires”  OR “evaluation”)