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Reporting methodological search filter performance comparisons: a literature review.
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PMID:  25082456     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Methodological search filters are tools for retrieving database records reporting studies which use a specific research method. Choosing a filter is likely to be based on filter performance data. This review examines which measures are reported, and the way that filter performance is presented, in filter comparisons.
METHODS: Studies were identified from the current content and pending update (2010) of a filter website. Eligible studies compared two or more methodological search filters designed to identify randomised controlled trials, diagnostic test accuracy studies, systematic reviews or economic evaluations.
RESULTS: Eighteen studies met the inclusion criteria. The number of filters compared in a single study ranged from 2 to 38. The most commonly reported measures were sensitivity/recall and precision. All studies displayed results in tables and gave results as percentages or proportions. Two studies supplemented results tables with graphical displays of data: a bar graph of the proportion of retrieved and missed gold standard references per filter; a forest plot of the overall sensitivity and specificity of each filter.
CONCLUSIONS: Sensitivity/recall and precision are the most frequently reported performance measures. This review highlights the potential for presenting results in novel and innovative ways to aid filter selection.
Jennifer Harbour; Cynthia Fraser; Carol Lefebvre; Julie Glanville; Sophie Beale; Charles Boachie; Steven Duffy; Rachael McCool; Lynne Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health information and libraries journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-1842     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Info Libr J     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-8-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970070     Medline TA:  Health Info Libr J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014 The authors. Health Information and Libraries Journal © 2014 Health Libraries Journal.
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