The PHC Search Filter is an efficient search strategy giving you easy access to the primary health care literature you need. To try the PHC Search Filter, follow one of the One-Click search links to access literature relevant to that topic.
Read our PHC Search Filter Guide and FAQs to find out more.
|Search filter||Types of search filters|
|Primary health care (all)||Everything|
|Primary health care (all)||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Primary health care (all)||Free full-text|
|Primary health care (all)||Limited to Australia only|
|Chronic disease management||Everything|
|Chronic disease management||Free full-text|
|Chronic disease management||Limited to Australia only|
|Heart failure in primary health care||Everything|
|Heart failure in primary health care||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Heart failure in primary health care||Free full-text|
|Palliative care||Free full-text|
|Palliative care||Limited to Australia only|
|General practitioners||Limited to Australia only|
|Continuity of patient care||Everything|
|Continuity of patient care||Free full-text|
|Continuity of patient care||Limited to Australia only|
|Diabetes||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Health services accessibility||Everything|
|Health services accessibility||Free full-text|
|Health services accessibility||Limited to Australia only|
|Indigenous health||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Indigenous health||Free full-text|
|Mental illness||Free full-text|
|Mental illness||Limited to Australia only|
|Patient experience||Free full-text|
|Patient experience||Limited to Australia only|
|Rural and remote health||Everything|
|Rural and remote health||Free full-text|
|Rural and remote health||Limited to Australia only|
|Coronary heart disease||Everything|
|Coronary heart disease||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Coronary heart disease||Free full-text|
|Child health||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Child health||Free full-text|
|Child health||Limited to Australia only|
|Maternal health||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Maternal health||Free full-text|
|Maternal health||Limited to Australia only|
|Preventative health||Limited to RCTs and/or Systematic Reviews|
|Preventative health||Free full-text|
|Preventative health||Limited to Australia only|
The answer is you should consider both in developing your search strategy. The PHC Search Filter provides results from peer reviewed journals using PubMed. In Google there are many unknowns in terms of comprehensiveness, non-peer reviewed literature and what rules determine the ranking of results. The PHC Search Filter includes a search strategy that has been objectively derived, tested and validated.
Many frequently occurring MeSH and textword terms were considered during the development of the search filter. Terms were included in the search filter if they met multiple criteria: were central to the primary health care concept and retrieved unique citations from the gold standard. Terms were rejected if they were applicable to other health care contexts or retrieved too many irrelevant results eg. GPs.
Depending on the situation there may be different ways. A suggested citation is as follows:
Primary Health Care Research & Information Service. PHC Search Filter. PHCRIS, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. http://www.phcris.org.au/phcsearchfilter (accessed 6 February 2019)
Please contact PHCRIS for further information. We would be happy to discuss this with you.
Finding the literature with the PHC Search Filter in PubMed can be used as a base. In addition the systematic review search strategy will need to encompass other literature databases with search strategies tailored to them. The PHC Search Filter is not a systematic search. A systematic search is broad and will retrieve many irrelevant and relevant citations. The MeSH and textword terms used in the PHC Search Filter can be considered in your search strategy.
The PHC Search filter itself should not be changed as it will invalidate its known performance level.
Yes, you can use the PHC Search Filter as as basis for your own search strategy, You will need to translate the search syntax for those databases.
The PHC Search Filter was initially developed as an OvidSP Medline filter and then was translated for PubMed. PubMed offers several advantages over OvidSP Medline:
No. The PHC Search Filter uses the PubMed database and therefore only the literature indexed by PubMed will be found. For information about searching other literature, such as grey literature, see the CareSearch website.
Article: Facilitating access to evidence: Primary Health Care Search Filter, Brown L, Carne A, Bywood P, McIntyre E, Damarell R, Tieman J. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 31(4), 293-302 (2014)
Article: Finally … an evidence-based tool to find primary health care evidence, Tieman J, Sladek R, McIntyre E. Medical Journal of Australia, 200(4), 207-208, (2014)
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