Appraisal of: Jenkins, M. Evaluation of methodological search filters—a review. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 21: 148-163

Short description: 

This is an overview of approaches to methodological search filter development that identified   four stages in the process – search term selection, identification of a gold standard, evaluation, and validation. One of the key findings is the lack of consistency in how search filters are tested and validated. The project also highlighted the need for filter developers to improve on their reporting and to offer more guidance to information specialists and clinicians in using search filters. An appraisals checklist, based on the results, of the review is presented.

Limitations stated by the author(s): 

The author briefly refers to 1) the implications for search filters if searching full text sources rather than bibliographic databases and 2) the lack of research into the impact of search filters on the time, cost and impact on the results of the reviews and their use among clinicians.

Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 
The author stated that the appraisals checklist presented in the paper requires refinement after consulting with experts. It is not clear whether this was ever completed.
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