At What Cost? The Economic Impact of Tobacco Use on National Health Systems, Societies and Individuals : A Summary of Methods and Findings

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appendix A
Description of Databases Searched
in Literature Review

1. MEDLINE

Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE encompasses information from Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing, and other sources of coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology. More than 9.5 million records from more than 3,900 journals are indexed, plus selected monographs of congresses and symposia (1976–1981). Abstracts are included for about 67% of the records.


2. HealthSTAR

HealthSTAR contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and nonclinical aspects of health-care delivery. The following topics are included: evaluation of patient outcomes; effectiveness of procedures, programs, products, services and processes; administration and planning of health facilities, services and manpower; health insurance; health policy; health services research; health economics and financial management; laws and regulation; personnel administration; quality assurance; licensure; and accreditation.

HealthSTAR is produced cooperatively by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the American Hospital Association. The database contains citations and abstracts (when available) to journal articles, monographs, technical reports, meeting abstracts and papers, book chapters, government documents, and newspaper articles from 1975 to the present. Citations are indexed with the National Library of Medicine’s Medical Subject Headings in order to ensure compatibility

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