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PH 159 / 272: Community Health Problems & Needs

Strategies for finding info on community health problems and needs. Program planning and evaluation resources.

Sample PubMed Search

Search for articles on your topic in PubMed:

1. Use search terms from these categories (keywords to be used in the database):

  • Geographic area (city, county, state)
  • Age / gender  (adolescents, adults, men, women, etc)
  • Ethnicity  (Vietnamese-Americans, Latinos, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, etc)
  • Other groups  (transgendered, pregnant, disabled, HIV positive, gang members, etc)
  • Ideas that note disparity situations (health disparities, disproportionate burden, underserved, etc)
  • Health status, problems, needs (cervical cancer, obesity, smoking, asthma, lead, etc)
  • Nature of study (comparison, program planning, report, etc.)

2.Select 2-3 keyword terms to search at a time.  

3. Do several searches with different pairs of keyword terms.  

Here's a sample search in PubMed using some of these categories.  
PubMed search smoking salinas