Appendix 5. Example of a scope/topic search for CENTRAL

Example of a scope/topic search for CENTRAL (the Cochrane Library)

Sets 1-32 are the MeSH terms for the health care condition within the scope of a Group.

Sets 33-68 are the text words for the health care condition within the scope of a Group.

Set 69 is the result of the scope search combining all sets with OR

For this search, a filter to limit the search to randomised controlled trials or controlled clinical trials is not needed. The only study designs included in CENTRAL are controlled trials, or in exceptional cases, controlled before and after studies or interrupted time series.


#1 MeSH descriptor Pregnancy explode all trees
#2 MeSH descriptor Pregnancy Complications explode all trees
#3 MeSH descriptor Fetal Therapies explode all trees
#4 MeSH descriptor Labor Pain explode all trees
#5 MeSH descriptor Infant, Newborn explode all trees
#6 MeSH descriptor Fetus explode all trees
#7 MeSH descriptor Fetal Development explode all trees
#8 MeSH descriptor Extraembryonic Membranes explode all trees
#9 MeSH descriptor Heart Rate, Fetal explode all trees
#10 MeSH descriptor Placenta explode all trees
#11 MeSH descriptor Placental Function Tests explode all trees
#12 MeSH descriptor Umbilical Cord explode all trees
#13 MeSH descriptor Prenatal Diagnosis explode all trees
#14 MeSH descriptor Uterine Monitoring explode all trees
#15 MeSH descriptor Pelvimetry explode all trees
#16 MeSH descriptor Fetal Monitoring explode all trees
#17 MeSH descriptor Obstetrical Nursing explode all trees
#18 MeSH descriptor Oxytocics explode all trees
#19 MeSH descriptor Tocolytic Agents explode all trees
#20 MeSH descriptor Tocolysis explode all trees
#21 MeSH descriptor Anesthesia, Obstetrical explode all trees
#22 MeSH descriptor Obstetric Surgical Procedures explode all trees
#23 MeSH descriptor Maternal Health Services explode all trees
#24 MeSH descriptor Maternal-Child Nursing explode all trees
#25 MeSH descriptor Analgesia, Obstetrical explode all trees
#26 MeSH descriptor Midwifery explode all trees
#27 MeSH descriptor Perinatal Care explode all trees
#28 MeSH descriptor Parity explode all trees
#29 MeSH descriptor Apgar Score explode all trees
#30 MeSH descriptor Postpartum Period explode all trees
#31 MeSH descriptor Breast Feeding explode all trees
#32 MeSH descriptor Milk, Human explode all trees


#33 pregnan* in All Fields in all products
#34 fetus in All Fields in all products
#35 foetus in All Fields in all products
#36 fetal in All Fields in all products
#37 foetal in All Fields in all products
#38 newborn in All Fields in all products
#39 "new born"
#40 birth or childbirth in All Fields in all products
#41 labor or laboring in All Fields in all products
#42 labour* in All Fields in all products
#43 antepart* in All Fields in all products
#44 prenatal* in All Fields in all products
#45 antenatal* in All Fields in all products
#46 perinatal* in All Fields in all products
#47 postnatal* in All Fields in all products
#48 postpart* in All Fields in all products
#49 caesar* in All Fields in all products
#50 cesar* in All Fields in all products
#51 obstetric* in All Fields in all products
#52 oxytoci* in All Fields in all products
#53 tocoly* in All Fields in all products
#54 placenta* in All Fields in all products
#55 prostaglandin in All Fields in all products
#56 parturi* in All Fields in all products
#57 preeclamp* in All Fields in all products
#58 pre next eclamp* in All Fields in all products
#59 eclamp* in All Fields in all products
#60 intrapart* in All Fields in all products
#61 puerper* in All Fields in all products
#62 episiotom* in All Fields in all products
#63 amnio* in All Fields in all products
#64 matern* in All Fields in all products
#65 gestation* in All Fields in all products
#66 lactati* in All Fields in all products
#67 breastfe* in All Fields in all products
#68 breast next fe* in All Fields in all products


#69 (#1 OR #2 OR #3 OR #4 OR #5 OR #6 OR #7 OR #8 OR #9 OR #10 OR #11 OR #12 OR #13 OR #14 OR #15 OR #16 OR #17 OR #18 OR #19 OR #20 OR #21 OR #22 OR #23 OR #24 OR #25 OR #26 OR #27 OR #28 OR #29 OR #30 OR #31 OR #32 OR #33 OR #34 OR #35 OR #36 OR #37 OR #38 OR #39 OR #40 OR #41 OR #42 OR #43 OR #44 OR #45 OR #46 OR #47 OR #48 OR #49 OR #50 OR #51 OR #52 OR #53 OR #54 OR #55 OR #56 OR #57 OR #58 OR #59 OR #60 OR #61 OR #62 OR #63 OR #64 OR #65 OR #66 OR #67 OR #68)