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SEARCHING FOR A DIAGNOSIS QUESTION
For a quick answer to any evidence-based question, the format for a PubMed search is the same:
1) Search for the disease/condition
2) Search for the intervention (drug, surgery, diagnostic test, screening test, prognostic indicator)
3) Add the appropriate "filter" for that particular type of question.
The proper filter for a diagnosis question is to search for the qualities of the test that would make it worth using. For a search on a diagnosis question, you would add the term "Sensitivity and Specificity" to your search.
For example, if you wanted to search for information on whether self-assessment scales are effective in diagnosing schizophrenia in a 27-year old woman, you would take the following steps.
1) Click on the link at the bottom of the screen to enter the MeSH database.