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Table 1 Single term with the best sensitivity (keeping specificity ≥50%), best specificity (keeping sensitivity ≥50%), and best optimization of sensitivity and specificity (based on the lowest possible absolute difference between sensitivity and specificity) for detecting mental health content in MEDLINE in 2000

From: Optimal search strategies for identifying mental health content in MEDLINE: an analytic survey

Search term OVID search* Sensitivity (%) (95% CI)
n = 3,277
Specificity (%) (95% CI)
n = 8,956
Precision (%) (95% CI)
n = 2,990
Accuracy (%) (95% CI)
n = 12,233
Best sensitivity, best specificity and best optimization of sensitivity & specificity     
exp mental disorders 74.7 (73.3 to 76.2) 94.0 (93.5 to 94.5) 81.1 (80.5 to 83.3) 88.8 (88.3 to 89.4)
  1. *Search strategies are reported using Ovid's search engine syntax for MEDLINE.
  2. exp = explode, a search term that automatically includes closely related indexing terms.