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Table 6 Comparison of Master Search with stepwise addition of each additional MeSH term

From: Improving search filter development: a study of palliative care literature

  Sensitivity Specificity Precision Accuracy
Master Search 46.3% 99.4% 72.6% 97.4%
Master Search OR physician-patient relations/ 51.8% 97.8% 45.9% 96.1%
Master Search OR physician-patient relations/OR prognosis/ 55.0% 96.5% 36.5% 95.1%
Master Search OR physician-patient relations/OR prognosis/OR quality of life/ 58.6% 96.0% 34.6% 94.7%
Master Search OR physician-patient relations/OR prognosis/OR quality of life/OR survival rate/ 61.6% 95.1% 31.2% 94.0%
Master Search OR physician-patient relations/ OR prognosis/OR quality of life/OR survival rate/OR treatment outcome/ 63.8% 92.6% 23.2% 91.6%
Master Search OR physician-patient relations/OR prognosis/OR quality of life/OR survival rate/OR treatment outcome/OR attitude to health/(= Revised Master Search) 64.7% 92.0% 21.9% 91.1%