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Table 4 Frequency of palpation procedural terms in titles, abstracts and four databases

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

Palpation Procedural Terms Used in the 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
Diagnosis [mh] [sh] [de] 2 3 17 23 7 2
Manual 3 9     2
Manipulat* 2 7     
Manipulation, chiropractic [mh] [sh] [de]     4 1  
Manipulation, orthopedic [mh] [sh] [de]    4 6 3  
Manipulation, osteopathic [mh] [de]       
Manipulation, spinal [mh] [de] 2 7   5   1
Palpation [mh] [sh] [de] /palpat* 7 19 11 16 6 4
Authors' and Indexers' Terms       
Physical examination [mh] [sh] [de] 1 3 5 15 5 3
  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.