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Table 1 Terms used for search

From: Reducing wait time from referral to first visit for community outpatient services may contribute to better health outcomes: a systematic review

P- People with a health condition, referred to an ambulatory and/or community service I and O-Intervention and Outcome combined as per matrix
Ambulatory care or ambulatory services
Outpatient clinics
Community service*
Community health
Subacute or “sub acute”
Allied health
Developmental delay
Occupational therap*
Physical therap*
Speech pathology or speech language pathology
Social work
Chronic disease
Wait adj5 impact
Wait adj5 consequence
Wait adj5 effect
Wait adj5 outcome
Delay* adj5 impact
Delay* adj5 consequence
Delay* adj5 effect
Delay* adj outcome
Access adj5 impact
Access adj5 consequence
Access adj5 effect
Access adj5 outcome
“response time” adj5 impact
“response time” adj5 consequence
“response time” adj5 effect
“response time” adj5 outcome
“time to treatment” adj5 impact
“time to treatment” adj5 consequence
“time to treatment” adj5 effect
“time to treatment” adj5 outcome
Timely adj5 impact
Timely adj5 consequence
Timely adj5 effect
Timely adj5 outcome
“P” terms combined with “or” in medline yielded 1,867,226 “I and O” terms combined with “or” yielded 7756 articles (medline)
“P” combined with “I and O” using “or” yielded 750 in medline.
Same strategy applied through Embase, Psych Info and CINAHL yielded 3186
With duplicates removed, final number of articles considered- 2327
  1. *signifies the search uses the word stem to find variations