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Health Sciences Literature Searching: Clinical Query Searching

A guide to help you search the Health Sciences literature

Examples of Clinical Query Search Results

The following results were from a cilinical query search of "influenza."

Clinical Study (Therapy/Broad)

Tertiary structure-based prediction of conformational B-cell epitopes through B factors

Clinical Study (Therapy/Narrow)

Efficacy of a non-updated, Matrix-C-based equine influenza subunit-tetanus vaccine following Florida sublineage clade 2 challenge

Systematic Reviews

Zanamivir for influenza in adults and children: systematic review of clinical study reports and summary of regulatory comments.

Medical Genetic (All)

Secondary Structure of a Conserved Domain in an Intron of Influenza A M1 mRNA

These results are examples of the different categories and how they affect searches using the same terms



Why Use Clinical Queries

A Clinical Query Search on PubMed filters out search results to only those articles that have been deemed to fall under certain categories. The articles defined as clinical queries typically are more professional studies done by researchers in the field.They can also further narrow your results to only a certain category.

There are three types of clinical queries in PubMed:

  • Clinical Studies filter topic searches to a specific category and scope (either broad or narrow) of your choosing. Some categories include therapy, diagnosis, and prognosis.
  • Systematic Reviews display comprehensive reviews of the literature on a topic searched.
  • Medical Genetics searches include results pertaining to the searched topic within the field of genetics. These results can be narrowed further to different topics within medical genetics, including diagnosis and genetic testing.

You can use Clinical Queries to find more medical-focused clinical results that are typically more suited to topics within a clinical setting.

Clinical Queries in PubMed

You can access PubMed from the front page of the Gumberg library site, or you can click here.

Once on the front search page of PubMed, simply click on the Clinical Queries Link in the middle of the page under PubMed Tools.

After clicking on the link, you will come to a page with a search box. Simply enter your search terms. Each of the three different columns will come up with different results depending on the type of clinical query.

You can further narrow the results under Clinical Study Categories by changing the scope (broad or narrow) or specific category type.

You can also change the Topic of the Medical Genetics category.

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