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Table 2 Example of a search strategy

From: Assisting allied health in performance evaluation: a systematic review

Database Search # Search term Hits
OVID: Medline Keyword search 1. “performance measurement”.mp. or performance measurement system/ 962
2. “performance evaluation”.mp. 2992
3. “performance assessment”.mp. 1387
4. “performance monitoring”.mp. 717
5. “performance appraisal”.mp. 4449
6. OR/1-5 10214
7. “allied health”.mp. 13874
8. (“healthcare” or “health care”).mp. [mp = title, abstract, original title, name of substance word, subject heading word, keyword heading word, protocol supplementary concept word, rare disease supplementary concept word, unique identifier] 654805
9. OR/7-8 664947
10. 6 AND 9 2106
11. Limit 10 to English and yr = “2000 - 2013” 1144
12. Minus duplicates 698