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Table 3 Frequency of spinal terms in titles, abstracts, and four databases

From: Searching biomedical databases on complementary medicine: the use of controlled vocabulary among authors, indexers and investigators

Spinal Terms Used in Search Strategies Titles n = 38 Abstracts n = 371 MEDLINE (mh) n = 292 MANTIS (de) n = 282 CINAHL (sh) n = 132 Web of Science n = 262,3,4
Cervical vertebrae [mh] [sh] [de] / cervical 10 15 8 7 4 2
Lumbar vertebrae [mh] [sh] [de] /lumbar 3 6 1 7 2 4
Neck [mh] [sh] [de]   5 5 2 2 0
Para-spine, para-spinal   1     
Spine [mh] [sh] [de] / Spinal 14 21 15 8 4 8
Thoracic vertebrae [mh] [sh] [de] / thoracic 1 2 1 3   
Vertebral 2 4   4   
  1. [mh] = Medical Subject Headings in MEDLINE; [pt] = publication type in MEDLINE; [sh] = Subject Heading in CINAHL [de] = Descriptor in MANTIS Note: 1One study did not have an abstract online. 2Not all studies had abstracts. 3Web of Science does not have a controlled vocabulary. 4Eleven studies had no keywords generated. * is a truncation symbol for a wild card search in PubMed and Web of Science.