Searching guidance


Using the search function


You can search the HSRIC outputs on new and emerging health technologies in different ways. If you know the name of the drug, device, test or disease you are interested in you can type the name in the main search box.

If you are interested in one or more clinical specialties e.g. emergency care, but don’t have a specific drug, device, test or disease in mind, you can leave the main search box blank and select that specialty or specialties.

Filter by Specialty and Filter by Year

•    You can restrict the search to a clinical specialty by clicking in the ‘Filter by specialty’ box and selecting the specialty you are interested in. You can add another specialty if you wish to by clicking in the box again and selecting another specialty. You can repeat this as often as you wish.
•    You can restrict the search to an individual year by clicking in the ‘Filter by year’ box and selecting the year you are interested in. You can add another year if you wish to by clicking in the box again and selecting another specialty. You can repeat this as often as you wish.
•    You can remove selected specialties and years by clicking on the small ‘x’ to the left of the specialty name or year selected.

Viewing results

When you are happy with your search, click the ‘Search HSRIC’ box. You will be taken to the search results page. The results are split up into drugs, devices, diagnostics, news items, reviews and other reports e.g. research articles. You can use the ‘Order search’ function to re-order the results by date order (newest first), reverse date (oldest first) and relevance.

What if the titles of the results do not have my search terms in?
The search looks at the text within all horizon scanning reports as well as their titles. If your search term is not in the titles displayed, it will be somewhere within the document, perhaps in the existing treatment section.

AND, OR and NOT (Boolean operators)

The search allows you to combine search terms using AND, OR and NOT to produce more relevant results, as well as using phrases.

If you want to find everything on ovarian cancer you could enter ovarian cancer into the search box. This search will bring up everything that has either ovarian or cancer in the text, so they results may not be specifically about ovarian cancer.

If however you add ovarian AND cancer into the search box (using capital letters for AND), then the search results will have both words in the text, and the results will be much more likely to be relevant.

You can refine this further by using “ ” to denote a phrase. Entering “ovarian cancer” will bring back results where the words ovarian and cancer are next to one another (in the order written).

You can combine these functions e.g. “ovarian cancer” AND diagnosis will return only those documents containing both the phrase and the keyword. The AND function tends to narrow your search.

If you combine words with the OR function (using capital letters for OR), then the documents found will have either of the words, as well as those documents that contain both words.  The OR function tends to broaden your search.

If you do not want to find documents without a specific phrase then you can use the NOT function. For example the search “ovarian cancer” NOT diagnosis will return documents that relate to ovarian cancer, but are not about diagnosis. They may be about drugs treatment or devices relating to care, but not about diagnosis.

Truncated part words and wildcards

The search is able to use part words using the * truncation operator, where * can represent 1 or more characters, and a wildcard character ? to replace a characters in a search term.

For example
If you wish to find documents that include anything relating to diabetes or diabetics, you could add both those terms into the search box individually or you can enter diabe* into the search box using the * character to represent the letters ‘-tese’ and ‘-tic’.

If you wish to search for haematology, but you are uncertain of the spelling, you can enter h?ematology into the search box, and this will search for haematology and hematology.

Exporting search results

You can export the search results by clicking the ‘Export’ button. The download is a .csv file, which can be opened into Excel or other similar spreadsheet software. The download includes the title of each report, a URL address/weblink to each report, and a note of whether the report relates to a drug, device, diagnostic, news item, review or other report.