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Table 1 Search strategy for the electronic databases

From: Will emergency and surgical patients participate in and complete alcohol interventions? A systematic review

MEDLINE search strategy
1. "Alcohol-Related Disorders"[Mesh] OR "Alcohol Drinking"[Mesh] OR "Alcoholism"[Mesh] OR alcohol abuse OR alcohol use OR alcohol disorder OR alcohol consumption OR alcohol intake OR alcohol behaviour OR hazardous drinking OR harmful drinking OR alcohol dependence OR risky drinking
2. "Temperance"[Mesh] OR alcohol intervention OR alcohol education OR alcohol program OR alcohol brief intervention OR alcohol reduction OR alcohol cessation OR alcohol withdrawal OR alcohol abstinence
3. "Emergency Service, Hospital"[Mesh] OR "Wounds and Injuries"[Mesh] OR "Surgical Procedures, Operative"[Mesh] OR surgical treatment OR surgical patient OR trauma treatment OR trauma patient OR emergency treatment OR emergency patient
4. #1 AND #2 AND #3 (limits: Randomized controlled trial, controlled clinical trial; adults)
The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) search strategy
1. "Alcohol-Related Disorders"[Mesh] OR "Alcohol Drinking"[Mesh] OR "Alcoholism"[Mesh] OR alcohol abuse OR alcohol use OR alcohol disorder OR alcohol consumption OR alcohol intake OR alcohol behaviour OR hazardous drinking OR harmful drinking OR alcohol dependence OR risky drinking
2. "Temperance"[Mesh] OR alcohol intervention OR alcohol education OR alcohol program OR alcohol brief intervention OR alcohol reduction OR alcohol cessation OR alcohol withdrawal OR alcohol abstinence
3. "Emergency Service, Hospital"[Mesh] OR "Wounds and Injuries"[Mesh] OR "Surgical Procedures, Operative"[Mesh] OR surgical treatment OR surgical patient OR trauma treatment OR trauma patient OR emergency treatment OR emergency patient
4. #1 AND #2 AND #3
EMBASE search strategy
1. exp alcohol abuse/OR alcohol consumption/OR drinking behaviour/OR alcoholism/
2. exp alcohol abstinence/OR alcohol withdrawal/OR patient counselling/
3. exp emergency health service/OR emergency care/OR emergency surgery/OR emergency patient/OR emergency ward/OR emergency treatment/OR surgical ward/OR surgical patient/OR injury/OR surgery/
4. exp intervention study/OR randomised controlled trial/OR controlled clinical trial/OR randomisation/OR clinical trial
5. #1 AND #2 AND #3 AND #4
Cinahl search strategy
1. Alcohol-Related Disorder+ OR alcohol Drinking OR alcoholism OR alcohol abuse OR alcohol use OR alcohol disorder OR alcohol consumption OR alcohol intake OR alcohol behaviour OR hazardous drinking OR harmful drinking OR alcohol dependence
2. Temperance OR alcohol intervention OR alcohol education OR alcohol program OR brief intervention OR reduction OR cessation OR withdrawal OR abstinence
3. Emergency health service OR emergency care OR emergency surgery OR emergency patient OR emergency ward OR emergency treatment OR surgical ward OR surgical patient OR injury OR surgery
4. #1 AND #2 AND #3
  1. Search conducted 17th of March 2010, updated 25th of November 2010