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Appendix D: Search Strategy for Literature Addressing HCV Prevalence,* by Database



Database

Search terms

No. hits

No. with abstracts

Cochrane Database

1. (Hepatitis C OR Hep C OR HCV) t.ti,ab,kw

Cochrane reviews:32

1,648

Economic evaluations:223

2. Hepatitis C.kw

Clinical trials:1,720

CINAHL

1. (MM "Hepatitis C+")

3,236

647

2. (MH "Hepatitis C+")

4,503

3. (MH "Antibodies+")

16,891

4. (MH "Antibodies +") and (S2 and S3)

304

5. TX prevalence OR frequen*

115,230

6. Cohort* or cross-section* or cross section*

78,023

7. (MH "Epidemiological Research+"# OR #MH "Epidemiology+"#)

217,794

8. (MH "Environment and Public Health (Non-Cinahl)")

6,696

9. 1 OR 4

3,298

10. 5 OR 6 OR 7 OR 8

339,418

11. (5 OR 6 OR 7 OR 8) and (9 and 10)

793

MEDLINE

1. Hepatitis C [majr] OR Hepatitis C Antibodies [majr]

22,809

6,159

2. 1 AND (Prevalence OR frequen*)

9,134

3. 2 AND (Cohort or cross-sectional OR "cross-sectional" or Epidemiologic Studies [mesh])

4,005

EMBASE

1. *Hepatitis C/ or *Hepatitis C Antibody/

35,963

6,159

2. (prevalence OR frequen*).mp

890,278

3. (cohort OR cross-sectional or "cross adj sectional").mp

346,055

4. *epidemiology/

10,345

5. 1 AND (2 OR 3 OR 4)

6,835

Sociological Abstracts

1. Hep C OR hepc or hepatitis C (ti, kw, au, de)

§

160

2. HCV (ti)

3. 1 OR 2

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects

1. Explode Hepatitis C

279

171

2. Explode Hepatitis C Antibodies

11

3. Explode Hepatitis C, Chronic

144

4. 1 OR 2 OR 3

280

Abbreviations: HCV = hepatitis C virus.

* The HCV-prevalence literature search was conducted to determine the effect of a birth-year based testing strategy versus the standard of care (i.e., risk-based testing) for identification of HCV infection.

Search was conducted for literature published during 19952011.

§ Unavailable.

Of these hits, 159 were de-duplicated (i.e., remained after duplicate study reports were identified).


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