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Answered By: Jean Reese
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016     Views: 16

There are search terms you can add to your search to try to narrow your search to qualitative articles. 

For example, a nursing database such as  CINAHL, has a heading for “Qualitative Studies.”  You can add this to your search.  There is also a heading for “Phenomenological Research.”

In the Clinical Queries menu in the Advanced Search in CINAHL, you can select Qualitative High Sensitivity, Qualitative – High Specificity, or Qualitative – Best Balance to retrieve various qualitative studies.   To retrieve all, click on shift and select all.

Below are definitions for each of these identifiers. 

High Sensitivity – the broadest search to include ALL relevant material. It may include less relevant materials.

High Specificity – the most targeted search to include only the most relevant result set, may miss some relevant materials.
Best Balance – retrieves the best balance between Sensitivity and Specificity.

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