Following up (using Ovid syntax and the 1946-current indexed file):

pastoral care/ and exp kidney diseases/ = 5
pastoral care/ and exp stents/ = 0
pastoral care/ and depression/ = 18
pastoral care/ and exp disorder/ = 22

Hope this helps, though the chocolate may be of more immediate benefit,

Fred King
Medical Librarian, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
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Subject: Ref Question: how to search for spiritual care but NOT hospice

Happy Thursday folks:

I am in need of suggestions for search terms.  

the story thus far...

Patient had kidney stones; stent placement and history of depression and overdose.  My patron wants info on spiritual care for the patient.  When I use MESH it maps to Hospice Care.  But I don't think that is what is required here -- not looking for care for a terminal patient.  We have access to a psychology database so I will try that too.

I'm trying these search strings -

(kidney disease OR stent placement OR depression) AND "spiritual care"
"spiritual care" AND comorbidty 

I think patron wants the spiritual care for patient with multiple conditions but not so much end of life care.  

How about ("spiritual care" OR spirituality) AND comorbidity?  When I simply "AND"  the conditions I get no results.  If I "OR" them I get some irrelevant stuff.  So I chose comorbidity instead of listing kidney stones, stent and so on.  

Any other ideas?

P.S. I am going to get some chocolate now.


Jannette Bradley

Technology/Reference Librarian

Advocate Christ Medical Center Library

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Oak Lawn, IL 60453

phone (708) 684-5200

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