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Internet-based search of randomised trials relevant to mental health originating in the Arab world

Takriti, Y., El-Sayeh, H.G. and Adams, C.E. (2005) Internet-based search of randomised trials relevant to mental health originating in the Arab world. BMC Psychiatry, 5 (30). ISSN 1471-244X

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BACKGROUND: The internet is becoming a widely used source of accessing medical research through various on-line databases. This instant access to information is of benefit to busy clinicians and service users around the world. The population of the Arab World is comparable to that of the United States, yet it is widely believed to have a greatly contrasting output of randomised controlled trials related to mental health. This study was designed to investigate the existence of such research in the Arab World and also to investigate the availability of this research on-line.

METHODS: Survey of findings from three internet-based potential sources of randomised trials originating from the Arab world and relevant to mental health care.

RESULTS: A manual search of an Arabic online current contents service identified 3 studies, MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PsycINFO searches identified only 1 study, and a manual search of a specifically indexed, study-based mental health database, PsiTri, revealed 27 trials.

CONCLUSION: There genuinely seem to be few trials from the Arab world and accessing these on-line was problematic. Replication of some studies that guide psychiatric/psychological practice in the Arab world would seem prudent.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2005 Takriti et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (Leeds) > Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 06:38
Published Version: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-244X/5/30
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1186/1471-244X-5-30
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/917

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