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Physical Assessment and Diagnosis: Finding Research

Finding Diagnosis Research in Databases

Health and medical databases include research addressing many types of questions: research looking for the best treatment, the causes of disease, complications and adverse events, and also for new or ideal diagnosis methods.  

To find studies about diagnosis within these databases, you need to know how to search for them! Click on a database name for more information, and detailed instructions for finding diagnosis studies.

Clinical Queries

Clinical Queries (also known as hedges or search filters) are an evidence-based and user-friendly search tool that allows clinicians to quickly and easily search for relevant clinical literature on questions of etiology, prognosis, diagnosis and therapy.

Clinical Queries are available as a search tool in PubMed, or as limits in databases such as Medline, EMBASE and CINAHL. These built-in search "filters" are based on research done by R. Brian Haynes, M.D., Ph.D. and the team at the Health Information Research Unit (HIRU) at McMaster University.

When doing searches on questions of diagnosis, you can use the diagnosis clinical queries to focus your results to those studies most likely to answer your question.