Research Solutions to Searching Problems


Flinders Filters is a research team specialising in information retrieval. We develop real world solutions including search filters and online search tools.

Finding the existing evidence base is a prerequisite to implementing evidence, however searching for this evidence is difficult. Our "search filters" are evidence based literature search strategies, developed using an explicit methodology and tested using a gold standard test comparison study design and detailed in published papers. Each provides a standardised, systematic subject-based search with a known level of performance.  Embedding the search filter into a URL for a database such as PubMed provides the searcher with access to a highly performing literature search simply by clicking a link. This capacity for ready implementation is a powerful feature of this research programme.

Flinders Filters has evolved from research within CareSearch. Flinders Filters and CareSearch are developing an ever increasing collection of subject-based search filters of national interest and international significance.

Use links in the table below to try a search filter or find out about our current and past research projects.



Filters and Searching Projects 




Bereavement, Grief and Loss


Bereavement Searches

Grief and Loss Searches
Project Information


Sexual Health & Family Planning Australia

Contraception Searches
Project Information


CareSearch; HammondCare

Dementia Searches
Dementia in Palliative Care Searches
Project Information



Cancer Searches (free, requires login)
Project Information


Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research

Diabetic Retinopathy Glaucoma Searches
Project Information

Heart Failure


Heart Failure Searches
Project Information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health 

Lowitja Institute

Project Information

Lung Cancer


Lung Cancer Searches
Project Information

Palliative care


Palliative Care Searches
Project Information

Primary Health Care

Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHCRIS)

Primary Health Care Searches
Project Information

Residential Aged Care


Residential Aged Care Searches
Project Information

Smart Searching Resource

CareSearch; Health Libraries Australia

Project Information

Stroke Search Filter

Flinders School of Health Sciences

Stroke Searches
Project Information

 Key contacts

Dr Jennifer Tieman

Ms Sarah Hayman


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