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"Loss to follow up" is a recognized phrase; some of the articles with that phrase in the title/abstract are indexed under follow-up studies.

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From: W.M. Bramer [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2013 5:02 PM
To: Susan Fowler
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Subject: Re: [Expertsearching] Search for "Failed to Follow Up"

ok, it is nice of you to try, but have you recognized that pubmed does not know these phrases (if you check search details, always do that):
"Failure to follow up"[tiab]

"follow up disparities"[tiab]

"Failure to follow-up"[tiab]

"failed to follow up"[tiab]

"failed to return"[tiab]

"skipped appointment"[tiab]

"follow up after surgery"[tiab]

"not coming back"[tiab]

"lack of compliance with follow-up"[tiab]

they are present though:

http://www.google.nl/q=%22failure+to+follow+up%22++%22pmid%22+site:nih.gov

but pubmed doesn't know them so no searching on theat prases.

that's why i quit using pubmed fr those difficult questions.

you missed lots of phrases: not returning for follow up for instance. cannot be searched either, because of the stopwords.

to be complete ( i assue you want to be complete) i think you can only do this in an AND relationship (and this is not complete either).

failure OR not show*[tiab] (remember you can truncate phrases in pubmed if you don't quote them! never quote your [tiab] searches!) OR not com* OR disparit*
AND follow up

or you will be missing titles like:

Racial and ethnic disparities in adherence to glaucoma follow-up visits in a county hospital population.
www.pubmed.com/21746977<http://www.pubmed.com/21746977>

"No-shows": who fails to follow up with initial behavioral health treatment?
www.pubmed.com/19284807<http://www.pubmed.com/19284807>

still te problem is in the not statements. pubmed will not start a phrase with the word not, so you will end up searching for showing up, maybe.

also there's the problem of mentioning the type of follow up visit in the phrase. which can only be hadled by proximity search, which pubmed doesnt offer and never will i think.

Met vriendelijke groet,

Wichor Bramer

Biomedisch Informatiespecialist
Medische Bibliotheek - Erasmus MC




Op 1 apr. 2013 om 21:58 heeft "Susan Fowler" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> het volgende geschreven:
Okay, for now this is the best I have come up with thanks to everyone
here. At cursory glance it appears this strategy produced the relevant
results and the least false leads.

("Failure to follow up"[tiab] OR "follow up disparities"[tiab] OR
"Failure to follow-up"[tiab] OR "failed to follow up"[tiab] OR
"failure to attend"[tiab] OR "non-attendance"[tiab] OR
"nonattendance"[tiab] OR "return visit"[tiab] OR "Failure to
return"[tiab] OR "failed to return"[tiab] OR "skipped
appointment"[tiab] OR "follow up after surgery"[tiab] OR "not coming
back"[tiab] OR "no show"[tiab] OR "no shows"[tiab] OR "lack of
compliance with follow-up"[tiab])



AND ("Patient Compliance"[Mesh])


Note that "patient compliance" was instrumental to the disambiguation
of this concept. As always, thank you to everyone for your help. Again
and again I count myself lucky to be in a profession with so many
clever and willing-to-share folks.

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On Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM, Susan Fowler <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
I am doing a search for literature that discusses populations who have a
tendency to not attend follow up visits after treatments. Thus there is a
strong need to disambiguate from the concept of Lost-to-Follow-Up. So I need
to think of every way that might be referred to - unless there is a standard
index term for it that I am not aware of. If I get too many results, I am
considering ANDing the search with Patient compliance/adherence. Anyway, so
far I have...

("Failure to follow up"[tiab] OR "failed to follow up"[tiab] OR "return
visit"[tiab] OR "return office visit"[tiab] OR "Checkup"[tiab] OR
"recheck"[tiab] OR "Failure to return"[tiab] OR "follow up after
surgery"[tiab] OR "not coming back"[tiab]) NOT "Lost to Follow-Up"[Mesh]


Can anyone think of more ways to refer to patients not showing up for their
return visits?


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Medical Librarian

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