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PubMed Search Made Easy: PubMed: Clinical Search

This is a guide on how to search PubMed, the world's largest database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.

Clinical Queries

To launch on Clinical Queries page, click on Clinical Queries under the PubMed Tools section from PubMed home page.

Clinical Study Search

The clinical study categories use built-in search filters that will limit retrieval to citations to articles reporting research conducted with specific methodologies, including those that report applied clinical research. To find citations for a specific clinical study category:

  1. Click Clinical Queries from the PubMed homepage or from the advanced search more resources menu.
  2. Enter your search terms in the search box, and then click search.
  3. You may then change the category or scope, if desired.

Example
If you are researching the clinical aspect of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis,

Enter the search terms: gene therapy for cystic fibrosis in the search box and click on the Search button.

Then, narrow the search result following these steps:

  • Select:
    • Category: Therapy
    • Scope: Narrow
    • PubMed will display the results

Systematic Reviews & Medical Genetics Search

In PubMed, systematic reviews cover a broad set of articles that build consensus on biomedical topics and medical genetics find citations related to topics in medical genetics.

Systematic Reviews is available on result sets as a filter under article types, as well as a selection on the Clinical Queries page.

  1. Click Clinical Queries from the PubMed homepage or from the advanced search more resources menu
  2. Enter search terms in the search box, and then click Search.
  3. PubMed will display the results.

For medical genetics, change the search topic, if desired.

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