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School of Allied Medicine, Health Information Management Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Aim: The existence of proper search interfaces in evidence-based medicine databases will lead to quick access to evidence-based medicine. Given The necessity and their importance, the aim of this study is an evaluation of search interfaces in evidence-based medicine databases.
Methods: This study was an applied research, Carried through survey method. The study population was 12 evidence-based medicine databases including evidence-based medicine subscription databases of electronic library website of Tehran University of medical sciences and other evidence-based medicine databases. The validity of the checklist was confirmed by 3 experts of medical library and information sciences. The collected data were analyzed after being entered into the statistical software Excel using descriptive statistics.
Results: The findings showed that the search components using Boolean operators and sets (69%), phrase searching (50%), and truncation and stemming (50%) have the most points, and other components received low scores. moreover, totally, all the databases received points less than 50 percent, and the databases were in an undesirable status.
Conclusion: Despite the necessity of the existence of proper search interfaces in the evidence-based medicine databases, compliance with elements of the proper search interface was very low. It is recommended that designers and database developers use proper search interfaces in creating the databases.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/02/10 | Accepted: 2017/06/19 | Published: 2017/06/19

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