OSH intervention search strategies

These strategies can be used in combination with search terms describing the condition or intervention that one is interested in. For example, when the link below takes you directly to the search window in PubMed, add your own search terms (e.g. "AND asthma") at the end of the search string.

However, you should be aware that it is not always enough to use common words for work, workplaces, workers or occupations in the search strategy. If you are interested in a special group that has a special problem, you should add related terms to the search strategy. For example, for finding interventions for HIV in occupational settings, you could add risk occupations such as long-distance truck drivers, soldiers, sailors etc. These are just few examples of professions that have featured in published studies that have not employed any reference to work or occupational health.


Optimal combination of terms for sensitive and specific searches


With a sensitive search strategy you will find most studies but there will be many extra that you don’t want to find. With a specific search strategy you will find less, but with a higher relevance.

Link to PubMed with most sensitive search for retrieving studies of occupational health interventions.

Link to PubMed with most specific search strategy for retrieving studies of occupational health interventions.

If you want to know more about how PubMed works so that you can build your own search strategies, consult the quick start guide or the tutorial. Check out this tutorial if you want to go over the basics of using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to build your search.