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Table 1 Search strategy and key terms used

From: The prevalence of myofascial trigger points in neck and shoulder-related disorders: a systematic review of the literature

Database Keywords Number of Studies
CINAHL (1) shoulder/ or glenohumeral/ or scapular/ or scapula/ or neck/ or cervical; (2) trigger point/ or trigger points; (3) prevalence; (4) disease/ or musculoskeletal diseases; (5) 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 3
Embase (1) shoulder/ or glenohumeral/ or scapular/ or scapula/ or neck/ or cervical; (2) trigger point/ or trigger points; (3) prevalence; (4) disease/ or musculoskeletal diseases; (5) 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 2
Pubmed (1) shoulder/ or glenohumeral/ or scapular/ or scapula/ or neck/ or cervical; (2) trigger point/ or trigger points (3) prevalence (4) “disease” [MeSH Terms]/ OR disease [All Fields]/ or disorder [All Fields]/ or condition [All Fields]/ or “musculoskeletal diseases” [MeSH Terms] (5) 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 40
Scopus (1) shoulder/ or glenohumeral/ or scapular/ or scapula/ or neck/ or cervical; (2) trigger point/ or trigger points; (3) prevalence; (4) disease/ or musculoskeletal diseases; (5) 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 30
Web of Science (1) shoulder/ or glenohumeral/ or *scapula*/ or neck/ or Cervical; (2) trigger* point*; (3) prevalence; (4) disease/ or musculoskeletal diseases; (5) 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 38
Total number of articles identified
Excluding Duplicates
113
84