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Table 1 Medline search strategy and number of articles found −17/01/2015

From: The determinants and consequences of adult nursing staff turnover: a systematic review of systematic reviews

Search line number Search concept Search terms Number of retrieved articles
1 Nursing exp/Nursing staff 34,054
2 exp Nursing Care/ 58,012
3 exp Nurses/ 41,985
4 (nurse or nurses or nursing).tw. 175,720
5 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 229,449
6 Turnover exp Personnel Turnover/ 2969
7 (turnover or (leave adj5 (nurse or nurses or nursing)) or (leaving adj5 (nurse or nurses or nursing)) or (retention adj5 (nurse or nurses or nursing)) or (retain adj5 (nurse or nurses or nursing)) or (stay adj5 (nurse or nurses or nursing))).tw. 44,114
8 6 or 7 45,826
9 Systematic reviews meta-analysis.pt.,ti,ab,sh. 63,056
10 (meta anal$ or metaanal$).ti,ab,sh. 76,516
11 ((methodol$ or systematic$ or quantitativ$) adj5 (review$ or overview$ or survey$)).ti,ab,sh. 66,923
12 (medline or embase or index medicus).ti,ab. 57,130
13 ((pool$ or combined or combining) adj (data or trials or studies or results)).ti,ab. 10,736
14 literature.ti,ab. 350,875
15 9 or 10 or 11 or 12 or 13 or 14 457,235
16 15 and review.pt.,sh. 217,379
17 Reviews of Nursing and Turnover 5 and 9 and 16 173
18 limit 217 to english language 170