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Table 1 Example search terms – Medline: (a) qualitative subject headings); (b) qualitative free text terms; (c) pain subject headings; (d) pain free text terms

From: A qualitative evidence synthesis to explore healthcare professionals’ experience of prescribing opioids to adults with chronic non-malignant pain

(I) QUALITATIVE SUBJECT HEADINGS exp QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
exp. INTERVIEWS AS TOPIC
exp. FOCUS GROUPS
NURSING METHODOLOGY RESEARCH
ATTITUDE TO HEALTH
(II) QUALITATIVE FREE TEXT TERMS Qualitative ADJ5 (theor* OR study OR studies OR research OR analysis)
ethno.ti,ab
emic OR etic. ti,ab
phenomenolog*.ti,ab
hermeneutic*.ti,ab
heidegger* OR husserl* OR colaizzi* OR giorgi* OR glaser OR strauss OR (van AND kaam*) OR (van
AND manen) OR ricoeur OR spiegelberg* OR merleau).ti,ab
constant ADJ3 compar*.ti,ab
focus ADJ3 group*.ti,ab
grounded ADJ3 (theor* OR study OR studies OR research OR analysis).ti,ab
narrative ADJ3 analysis.ti,ab
discourse ADJ3 analysis.ti,ab
(lived OR life) ADJ3 experience*.ti,ab
(theoretical OR purposive) ADJ3 sampl*.ti,ab
(field ADJ note*) OR (field ADJ record*) OR fieldnote*.ti,ab
participant* ADJ3 observ*.ti,ab
action ADJ research.ti,ab
(digital ADJ record) OR audiorecord* OR taperecord* OR videorecord* OR videotap*).ti,ab
(cooperative AND inquir*) OR (co AND operative AND inquir*) OR (co-operative AND inquir*)
.ti,ab
(semi-structured OR semistructured OR unstructured OR structured) ADJ3 interview*.ti,ab
(informal OR in-depth OR indepth OR “in depth”) ADJ3 interview*.ti,ab
(“face-to-face” OR “face to face”) ADJ3 interview*.ti,ab
“IPA” OR “interpretative phenomenological analysis”.ti,ab
“appreciative inquiry”.ti,ab
(social AND construct*) OR (postmodern* OR post-structural*) OR (post structural* OR poststructural*) OR (post modern*) OR post-modern* OR feminis*).ti,ab
humanistic OR existential OR experiential.ti,ab
(III) PAIN SUBJECT HEADINGS exp BACK PAIN/OR exp. CHRONIC PAIN/OR exp. LOW BACK PAIN/OR exp.
MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN/OR exp. PAIN/OR exp. PAIN CLINICS/.
exp. FIBROMYALGIA/
exp. PAIN MANAGEMENT/
(IV) PAIN FREE TEXT TERMS (chronic* OR persistent* OR long-stand* OR longstand* OR unexplain* OR un-explain*)
fibromyalgia
“back ache” OR back-ache OR backache
“pain clinic” OR pain-clinic*
pain adj5 syndrome*