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Table 1 Example of search queries, Medline 1950 to July 2010 (Lunched on July 23rd 2010)

From: The effectiveness of scoliosis screening programs: methods for systematic review and expert panel recommendations formulation

Searches Results
1. Scoliosis/ 11886
2. Spinal Curvatures/ 403
3. screen*.mp. 362323
4. depistage.mp. 3288
5. Mass Screening/ 68020
6. Program Evaluation/ 35624
7. Child/ 1177573
8. Adolescent/ 1361381
9. (prevalence* or incidence* or epidemiolog* or detection* or adams or moire or scoliometer*).ab,ti. 1163122
10. (back adj5 (asym?etry or asym?etrical)).ab,ti. 46
11. (forward adj5 (bend or bends or bending)).ab,ti. 361
12. scolio*.mp. 14190
13. 1 or 2 or 10 or 12 14495
14. 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 9 or 11 1471753
15. 7 or 8 1911903
16. 13 and 14 and 15 1247
17. 13 and 14 1714
18. limit 17 to "all child (0 to 18 years)" 1291
19. 16 or 18 1291
  1. Note: *=truncation symbol, ?=spelling variants, ab=abstract, ti=title, mp=abstract, title, author keywords and keywords plus, adj5=words in the same sentence.