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Table 3 Search strategy

From: Pain assessment for people with dementia: a systematic review of systematic reviews of pain assessment tools

SPICE categories Search terms*
Patient population: adults with dementia or cognitive impairment 1. Dementia.mp.
2. Alzheimer.mp
3. exp Dementia/
4. exp Alzheimer Disease/
5. 1 or 2 or 3 or 4
6. exp Cognition Disorders/
7. Cognitive impairment.mp.
8. Cognitive function*.mp.
9. exp mental retardation/
10. 6 or 7 or 8 or 9
11. 5 or 10
Intervention: pain assessment 12. (Assess$ adj5 pain).mp.
13. (Measur$ adj5 pain).mp.
14. (Scale$ adj5 pain).mp.
15. (Rating adj5 pain).mp.
16. exp Pain Measurement/
17. exp Pain/di
18. *Pain Measurement/mt
19. exp *Pain Measurement/
20. (Pain adj3 tool$).mp.
21. 12 or 13 or 14 or 15 or 16 or 17 or 18 or 19 or 20
  22. 11 and 21
Limited to study design: reviews 23. meta-analysis.mp.
24. meta-analysis.pt.
25. review.pt.
26. search:.tw.
27. 23 or 24 or 25 or 26
  28. 22 and 27
  1. *mp, pt, tw are abbreviations identifying specific fields in the OVID™ MEDLINE database – e.g. mp = title, abstract, original title, name of substance word, subject heading word, keyword heading word, protocol supplementary concept, rare disease supplementary concept, unique identifier. The / after each term is the OVID™ MEDLINE convention for a MESH term; the ‘exp’ abbreviation refers to the automatic expansion of a MeSH term to its sub-headings.