The Result: A Refined Set of Relevant Results
As a result, the conventional keyword search will identify thousands of articles, requiring reviewers to determine the ones that are
most relevant, reliable and useful for measure development. However, the Environmental Scan Support tool will scan an entire
body of published literature, finding matches for the basic measure concept and articles which match the specific relationship
between the measure categories, producing a smaller set of more relevant articles which are more easily reviewed.
The pace of publication for new biomedical research makes it difficult, if not impossible, for researchers, policy makers and clinicians
to keep up with new discoveries. The Environmental Scan Support Tool vastly reduces the time and effort required to identify the most
relevant citations for a specific research question, thus reducing the time between literature review and changes in clinical practice.