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Table 1 Characteristics of the included Cochrane reviews

From: Optimizing literature search in systematic reviews – are MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL enough for identifying effect studies within the area of musculoskeletal disorders?

Author, year published (ref.) Year assessed as up-to-date Review title Number of sources searched Number of studies included Reported search strategy Assigned group
Adie et al., 2012 [34] 2012 Cryotherapy following total knee replacement (Review) 11 12 MEDLINE, CENTRAL, EMBASE, CINAHL, PEDro, Web of Science Rehabilitation
Bartels et al. 2009 [35] 2007 Aquatic exercise for the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis (Review) 9 6 MEDLINE, EMBASE CINAHL, Web of Science, PEDro. Rehabilitation
Bellamy et al. 2009 [36] 2006 Intraarticular corticosteroid for treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee (Review) 8 28 Standard search strategy Medicine
Bellamy et al. 2009 [37] 2006 Viscosupplementation for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee (Review) 8 103 Standard search strategy Medicine
Coghlan et al. 2009 [38] 2008 Surgery for rotator cuff disease (Review) 8 14 Standard search strategy Other content
Colebatch et al. 2011 [39] 2011 Safety of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin and paracetamol (acetaminophen) in people receiving methotrexate for inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, other spondyloarthritis) (Review) 8 17 MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL. Medicine
Cranney et al. 2010 [40] 2000 Calcitonin for preventing and treating corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis (Review) 6 9 MEDLINE Medicine
Fidelix et al. 2009 [41] 2006 Diacerein for osteoarthritis (Review) 7 7 Standard search strategy Medicine
Karjalainen et el. 2009 [42] 2000 Multidisciplinary rehabilitation for fibromyalgia and musculoskeletal pain in working age adults (Review) 8 10 MEDLINE Rehabilitation
Katchamart et al. 2010 [43] 2010 Methotrexate monotherapy versus methotrexate combination therapy with non-biologic disease modifying anti- rheumatic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis (Review) 5 20 MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL, Medicine
Khan et al. 2009 [44] 2008 Multidisciplinary rehabilitation programmes following joint replacement at the hip and knee in chronic arthropathy (Review) 10 5 MEDLINE Rehabilitation
Lethaby et al. 2013 [45] 2013 Etanercept for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (Review) 14 9 MEDLINE Medicine
de Morton et al. 2009 [46] 2007 Exercise for acutely hospitalised older medical patients (Review) 11 10 MEDLINE Rehabilitation
Nuesch et al. 2010 [47] 2009 Oral or transdermal opioids for osteoarthritis of the knee or hip (Review) 11 10 MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, CENTRAL. Medicine
Osiri et al. 2010 [48] 2003 Leflunomide for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (Review) 8 33 MEDLINE Medicine
Richards et al. 2011 [49] 2011 Antidepressants for pain management in rheumatoid arthritis (Review) 6 8 MEDLINE, EMBASE Medicine
Richards et al. 2012 [50] 2012 Muscle relaxants for pain management in rheumatoid arthritis (Review) 6 6 MEDLINE, EMBASE Medicine
Ruiz Garcia et al. 2011 [51] 2011 Certolizumab pegol (CDP870) for rheumatoid arthritis in adults (Review) 14 6 MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, CENTRAL, SCOPUS, TOXLINE, Web of Science. Medicine
Rutjes et al. 2010 [52] 2010 Therapeutic ultrasound for osteoarthritis of the knee or hip (Review) 14 5 MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, CENTRAL, PEDro. Other content
Rutjes et al. 2010 [53] 2009 Transcutaneous electrostimulation for osteoarthritis of the knee (Review) 13 18 MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, CENTRAL, PEDro. Other content
Wajon et al. 2009 [54] 2005 Surgery for thumb (trapeziometacarpal joint) osteoarthritis (Review) 7 11 MEDLINE, CENTRAL, EMBASE, CINAHL, AMED. Other content
Whittle et al. 2011 [55] 2011 Opioid therapy for treating rheumatoid arthritis pain (Review) 5 11 MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL Medicine
Winzenberg et al. 2010 [56] 2010 Vitamin D supplementation for improving bone mineral density in children (Review) 8 7 MEDLINE. Medicine