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    Appendix 6. Example of the structure of a search strategy for a Cochrane review (MEDLINE)

    Example of the structure of a search strategy for a Cochrane review (MEDLINE) Helmets for preventing head and facial injuries in bicyclists Sets 1-3 are the  MeSH terms &  text  words [words found in the  TITLE or  ABSTRACT of a record]   for the  pop ...
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    2. Specialised Registers

    A Specialised Register contains reports of controlled trials within the scope of a Review Group or Field. The development and management of a Specialised Register is one of the core functions of a Cochrane Review Group. Cochrane has a software program cal ...
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    3. The Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS)

    The CRS is a web-based data repository and management system, developed for Cochrane. The specialised trials registers maintained by CISs are stored and managed within the CRS. It is a ‘meta-register’ of all the trials identified by Cochrane. The CRS web ...
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    5. Handsearching

    Searching for trial reports in databases may not retrieve all relevant available studies. Reports may either be missing from the database or may not have been indexed adequately due to lack of detail in titles and abstracts. Some reports are only ever pub ...
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    6. Author support

    Cochrane Information Specialist's (CIS) undertake different roles according to their Cochrane Entities' structure. In some groups the CIS’s main responsibility is to support authors in identifying controlled trials for inclusion in Cochrane syst ...
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    2.1 The purpose of Specialised Registers

    The purpose of Specialised Registers is to: assemble a repository of reports of trials relating to the scope of a Review Group or Field provide a reliable pool of reports of trials for review authors which is easily retrievable share the content of indivi ...
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    2.2 What study designs does a Specialised Register contain?

    For information about any type of study design, check  the Cochrane Glossary of Terms. 2.2.1 Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) and Controlled Clinical Trials (CCTs) For Cochrane definitions and criteria for randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and contro ...
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    2.3 Identifying study designs

    Depending on the source that you are using, RCTs and CCTS can be identified in a number of ways. For example, if you are searching MEDLINE: RCTs are assigned the Publication Type 'Randomised Controlled Trial'; CCTs are assigned the Publication T ...
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    2.4 The relationship of Specialised Registers to CENTRAL

    CENTRAL (the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials) is one of the databases included in the Cochrane Library. It includes citation details of articles taken from online databases such as MEDLINE and Embase, and other published and unpublished sou ...
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    2.5 What can be published to CENTRAL?

    Only RCTs, CCTs, CBA (controlled before and after) and ITS (interrupted time series) study designs should be marked in your Specialised Register for publication to CENTRAL. Further details are available in the document " Should I publish this to CENT ...