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SEARCHING FOR A HARM 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 harm question is to search for the desired level of evidence. For a harm question, the highest level of evidence would be a cohort study or a case control study.
For example, if you wanted to search for information on the relationship between smoking and Sudden Infant Death Syndrom (SIDS), you would take the following steps.
1) Click on the link at the bottom of the screen to enter the MeSH database.