This resource provides pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to find published literature to support achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM),
National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS),
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion,
have worked together to develop preformulated search strategies (structured evidence queries)
that search high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific literature to identify research evidence
Healthy People 2020 objectives.
These one-click strategies search PubMed, an NLM database that provides access to millions of citations from MEDLINE, life science and public health journals, and on-line books. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources. Click on the topic areas listed above to link to specific search strategies.
This site is supported by the NLM with the assistance of the collaboration, Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce. Your feedback is important to this project and will be greatly appreciated.
To share the resource with colleagues and staff, this handout provides a project overview.
Healthy People is a national health promotion program to improve the health of all Americans. Initiated in 1979 and led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Healthy People provides science-based, ten-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.
HP2020 is organized into 42 subject areas with 600 public health objectives. Developed and selected through consultation with a broad range of organizations, groups and individuals, these objectives provide a framework for monitoring and measuring improvements in health status of the American population over the decade from 2010 to 2020.
HP2020 SEQs are special preformulated PubMed searches for HP2020 objectives. The purpose of the HP2020 SEQ is to make it easier for people working to achieve HP2020 objectives to quickly find current information from published and evidence-based literature.
The search queries were developed by public health librarians, working in consultation with subject matter experts in public health.
The search queries will be updated and refined over time, and will ultimately be available for all objectives.
Beta search queries are in the process of being reviewed by subject experts who are working with librarians to develop optimal search strategies. Once the review is completed, the search strategies may change from what is currently available.
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce (PHPartners) is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries. The purpose of PHPartners is to help the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public's health.
In addition, the site highlights resources on special topics of interest to the Public Health workforce that will complement your use of the SEQs. Special Topics Include:
PubMed is NLM's free online database comprised of millions of citations and abstracts for biomedical and health services literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. It encompasses those areas of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, health services research, chemical sciences, and bioengineering needed by health professionals and others engaged in basic research and clinical care, public health, health policy development, and related educational activities.
New citations are continually added to the PubMed database as new research is published, so clicking on a SEQ at a later time will retrieve the most up-to-date results and may retrieve new citations.
Most of the HP2020 SEQs search strategies have been limited by date to the most recent five years so as to provide the most current information relating to HP2020 topics, and to return a manageable number of citations.
The quality of published research varies. There are several tools available to evaluate the quality, relevance, and usefulness of research evidence to achieve health promotion and disease prevention goals and objectives.
Searching is an iterative process. While the HP2020 SEQs were carefully constructed to address the objectives, your specific research needs may require that you tailor the search further. You can add or modify search terms in a SEQ, and even save a modified search for your subsequent use.
An overview of searching PubMed is available at PubMed Quick Start, including brief web-tutorials, PubMed Online Training "Quick Tours." PubMed Help also provides additional searching tips including Searching PubMed, Limits, Advanced Search, Understanding Your Search Results, Displaying and Sorting Your Search Results, and Displaying the Search Details.
The search results in PubMed are displayed in the order they were entered in PubMed. To sort the search results by relevance, select "Relevance" from the Display Settings drop-down menu.
A SEQ will identify the most recent relevant literature at the date the search is run. If you are satisfied with the set of citations you receive from a search, you should consider saving those citations. You can store a collection of citations, save a personally-modified search strategy, and set automatic email updates of searches with the tool, My NCBI.
Additional information about searching PubMed is available at PubMed Help, PubMed Quick Start, PubMed Online Training, and at NLM Training Manuals and Resources. You can contact customer support at the PubMed Help Desk and at 1-888-FIND-NLM (1-888-346-3656).
Check with your own library - including your public library - which may be a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. They might be able to help you find additional classes that are being offered locally via conferences, universities, etc.
PubMed is not a full-text database, but many articles are available for free. If you have an affiliation with a medical or public library, you may have access to journals via an institutional subscription. Icons from publishers or other full-text sources are provided in the citation and abstract display formats for PubMed citations. More information is available at Links to Full Text from Your Library (Library LinkOut Filters) (brief web-tutorial), How to Get the Journal Article How to Access Journal Articles.
Additionally, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine assists public health workers with training on how to use PubMed, PHPartners.org and other Web resources, providing speakers for educational programs or meetings, obtaining copies of journal articles, and identifying local health library resources. Contact them at http://nnlm.gov or call 1-800-338-7657.
PubMed and the HP2020 SEQs connect to research that has been published. For high-quality descriptions of activities and projects "in the field" that haven't yet been published, check out:
Additional resources are also available from the Healthy People 2020 website.
MedlinePlus is NLM's website for patients and consumer information. MedlinePlus, updated daily, has extensive information from the NIH and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, easy-to-understand tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. It is fully available in Spanish and has extensive consumer resources available in over 40 other languages. There is no advertising on this site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company or product.
We are developing unique SEQs for all of the HP2020 topic areas, and for virtually all of the objectives and sub-objectives. We will add them to our site as they are completed. Please check back again frequently for newly-added topic areas.
A small number of sub-objectives will not have a unique PubMed search. Some sub-objectives - for example, in some of the "developmental" topics - may not yet have much unique published literature associated with the measure. In such cases, the decision was made to link to the SEQ for the objective rather than provide a limited search retrieval for the sub-objective.
The Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project is an archived resource that provides preformulated PubMed search strategies in support of Healthy People 2010 objectives. The site is no longer maintained and is provided for reference purposes only.
The National Library of Medicine would like to acknowledge the following people for their time and expertise in the development and review of these search strategies:
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