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  1. Kite surfing: epidemiology of trauma: literature review methods

    I read with interest Dunne et al's paper kite surfing: epidemiology of trauma. They state that 'a comprehensive review of EMBASE, PubMed and Google Scholar was conducted' and that 'the search strategy included medical subject headings (MeSH) kitesurf/kitesurfing/kitesurfing hip/kitesurfing pelvis/kitesurfing fracture/kitesurfing injury'. At the time of writing, (3 April 2018) none of these terms may be found in the MeSH thesaurus (https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/search), and MeSH terms would not, in any case, have helped in a search of EMBASE or of Google Scholar. Existing papers in MEDLINE on kite surfing injuries have been indexed with the term Athletic Injuries, and no subordinate terms yet exist. A more productive strategy might have been to search titles and abstracts using the strings kite* ADJ3 surf* OR kitesurf*. A search using these strings on the HDAS interface finds 29 results in MEDLINE and 33 in EMBASE. A more elaborate strategy for the other concept in the search, that of pelvic and acetabular fractures is certainly possible using a combination of controlled vocabulary and natural language terms.

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