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NSQHS Standards – Live Literature Searches

 


Looking for evidence to support best practice in line with the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards?

These automatic PubMed searches – focussed on the hospital setting – are available in four categories:

1) Last 5 Years    2) Broad    3) Broad limited to Australia    4) Broad limited to Reviews   

View information on: Browser issues, Full text access, Customising searches to your interestsAbout the Searches

NSQHS partnering with consumers logo   Partnering with consumers

 

Health Literacy

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

Partnering with consumers

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to reviews

Shared decision-making

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

NSQHS Healthcare assosciated infections logo   Preventing and controlling healthcare-associated infections

 

Infection prevention

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

Wound management

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

NSQHS medication safety logo   Medication safety

 

Medication safety

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

NSQHS comprehensive care logo   Comprehensive care

 

Delirium

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

Falls prevention

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

Pressure injuries

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

Malnutrition

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

NSQHS communicating safely   Communicating for safety

 

Clinical handover

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

NSQHS blood management logo   Blood management

 

Blood management

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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NSQHS deteriorating patient logo   Recognising and responding to acute deterioration

 

Delirium

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Broad Limited to Australia

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Broad Limited to reviews

Deteriorating patient

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Last 5 Years

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Broad

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Additional Information

 

Browser issues

Any modern browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge etc.) will work; however there are known problems with Internet Explorer

Full text options

1. Open access content is sometimes available from PubMed

2. If your Library subscribes to BrowZine, install the Chrome extension LibKey Nomad for much easier access to full text PDFs

3. If your Library uses PubMed OTool, then open up PubMed (using the special URL) in another tab before using the links on this page

4. If none of the above work, you can try your state based clinical portal or request the article from your health service library

Customising searches to your interests
Need to narrow the results further to your particular interest? For this example, you might want to find information on yoga and falls prevention

  1.  Click one of the Falls Prevention searches
  2.  On the PubMed results page, you will see that the cursor is at the end of the search string in the search box near the top of the page. You are going to add a search term to the end of this
  3.  Press space, type AND yoga then click on Search
  4.  The results are now the falls prevention search limited to those records that contain yoga
  5.  If you wanted only records that had the word yoga in the title you would use  instead AND yoga[ti]

About the searches

These PubMed live searches have been developed, tested and endorsed as part of the Health Libraries for the National Standards Research Project (HeLiNS), a joint initiative of Health Libraries Australia and Health Libraries Inc . The searches provide updated results for topics aligned to the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. These searches were first released in July 2018. These current searches were updated in October 2020 and have been adapted and expanded to reflect the NSQHS 2nd edition. Previous versions of these searches can be located in the PANDORA Archive.

The searches have been created by a librarian with expertise in searching for evidence on health. They have undergone extensive internal testing, but have not been developed as objectively derived and validated search filters. Each search (and subset search string) has undergone consultation and review by a panel of health librarians with searching expertise and knowledge of the needs and interests of the targeted audience.

Audiences for the searches:

  • Primarily aimed at clinicians working in Australian hospitals who wish to find evidence to support best practice in line with Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards;
  • Researchers, safety and quality staff, health service managers, policymakers, and consumers;
  • Health librarians are encouraged to use the searches and to make them available to their clients through promotion and linking from websites, resources and user guides.

The searches target information on 12 topics of relevance to best practice in Australian hospital settings. They have been designed for this purpose and are NOT intended to be comprehensive. They aim to provide high specificity (relevance) so that results returned will be of immediate use. The base search for each topic focuses on a hospital setting and is limited to the last 5 years. Subsets are provided for each topic, including:

  • Broader
  • Australian only
  • Reviews

Search strategies for these subsets have either been created internally, or used an existing published search (PubMed Systematic Reviews Subset Search Strategy[1] for reviews). For each topic a broader (more sensitive search) is also provided, not limited by hospital setting or date. This search is also not validated and cannot be claimed to be comprehensive, but will be useful as a starting point (and source of search terms) for searching for research purposes.

The searches are provided in PubMed, as a platform that is freely available and a source of high quality health evidence. We encourage users to send any comments or suggestions on improving the searches, and to build on them where necessary, using their own terms. For example, the large topic of Partnering with Consumers can be narrowed to focus on a topic of particular interest.

Future Topics

Would you like to see these topics expanded? If so please email suggestions of topics for inclusion to Sarah Hayman.

Terms and Conditions

The text of these searches are provided under Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0

Contact Us

We welcome feedback and suggestions about the searches. Please send comments to Sarah Hayman.

[1] National Library of Medicine. Search strategy used to create the systematic reviews subset on PubMed. [Web document]. Bethesda, MD: The Library. [Last reviewed February 2019; cited 04 Oct 2020].