For example, for the question: What factors affect compliance in a methadone maintenance program for patients with heroin addiction issues?
I would like to explore the factors affecting compliance with a methadone maintenance program for my patients with heroin addiction issues. Why do so many patients drop out or refuse to be treated in the first place?
Search question becomes:
What factors affect compliance in a methadone maintenance program for patients with heroin addiction issues?
This helps to structure your search and allows you to search more efficiently. You can now start to gather synonyms for each of the concept areas you've identified (for example, addiction and dependance are synonyms and should both be searched for this topic)
Give some thought to what synonyms you can use for each concept. You may gather these as you start to do your research, but try to think of them before you start so that you don't have to redo your searches.
In a database like Scopus or CBCA, you can enter all of your synonyms at once:
(aboriginal OR native OR first nations) AND health promotion AND (plan OR strategy OR program)
Note: you can also use a search strand like this in CINAHL, Medline, Embase, PsycInfo (etc.) by unchecking 'Map term to subject heading' before clicking search
Other health databases:
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