Peer reviewer of search strategies for randomized controlled trials and observational studies reporting adverse events

Skills / interests: Methodological peer review, Searching for evidence

Our team is looking for an information specialist or librarian who is able to give constructive feedback on search strategies in Pubmed/MEDLINE and Embase, to start. The search strategy is for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies that used pre-specified dictionaries. However, the search may not find studies that did not use the pre-specified dictionaries.

o, the search strategy should search for dictionaries, thesauruses, and terminology that the studies used to describe the adverse events. As it is now, the draft search strategy does not have search strings to find RCTs or observational studies, or both that used a dictionary to define adverse events. I would need help to revise the strategies to find studies that have undefined sources or names for defining adverse events.


1. Review a draft search strategy for obtaining RCTs and observational studies on dictionaries that code narrative data on adverse events for MEDLINE and Embase.

2. Revise the search strategy to obtain RCTs and observational studies reporting sources of adverse event vocabulary.

3. Help in expanding the search strategy to other databases: Scopus, Embase, Cochrane Library, which includes Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL),, WHO International Clinical Trials Register, Web of Science, the WHO COVID-19 database, the COVID-19 Evidence Reviews resource, and the Joanna Briggs Institute of Excellence) from 2004 to the present.

It would be great if you would like to join us as a co-author on this project. We have already registered the protocol and are applying for funding. Please let me know what you think. I will provide any further details through TaskExchange, thank you!


The work would need to be completed by February 22, 2022. 

Ideal applicant

The ideal applicant - an information specialist or librarian who conducts systematic reviews or searches in health services research or other related biomedical research - able to start immediately (February 2022) and complete the task by February 22, 2022 - able to meet via Teams or be available for email communication - able to work remotely with reliable Internet access

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