Between chronic and advanced: Can we find the difference?

Jennifer Tieman, Patricia Davidson, Ruth Sladek

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    The experimental development of a search strategy(known as the palliative care filter) was designed to identify literature relevant to palliative care. This approach to literature harvesting has potential in many practice areas. Chronic heart failure(CHF) can result from various diseases that damage or overload the heart and palliative care approaches are seen as potentially relevant to CHF care. Differentiating between ‘chronic’ and ‘advanced’ when searching remains difficult. Identifying literature specifically relevant to ‘advanced’ heart failure would be useful not only for this area, but could inform the segmented retrieval of published research in other progressive non-malignant diseases.
    To experimentally develop a filter to efficiently retrieve literature relevant to advanced heart failure To explore the concept of ‘advanced’ within indexing and biblio-graphic systems using chronic heart failure
    A gold standard set of articles will be established from studies reported in systematic reviews of advanced/chronic heart failure. An advanced heart failure filter will be developed using combinations of MeSH terms and text words. Search variations will be assessed using sensitivity as the performance measure (number of articles recalled by the search/number of gold standard articles).MeSH terms and text words will be identified following a review of existing search strategies, thesaurus analysis, expert opinion and, if needed, frequency analysis of terms in selected articles.
    Results to date:
    The Investigator Group has been established. An initial sweep of the heart failure literature has been completed. Seventeen reviews pertinent to chronic heart failure and advanced heart failure have been identified for potential use in identifying the gold standard setoff articles. A preliminary set of search terms has been prepared.
    This work is part of the CareSearch project funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2010
    Event6th Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) - SECC, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jun 201012 Jun 2010


    Conference6th Research Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC)
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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