Literature Search on Antibiotics Effectiveness

Topic: Healthcare Research
Words: 264 Pages: 1
Search # Database(s) Keywords Search Limiters Number of Citations
1 CINHAL Bronchitis AND acute bronchitis AND antibiotics AND antibiotic treatment
AND patients with bronchitis
English language, peer-reviewed, published between 2017-2022 87
2 PubMed OR acute bronchitis AND (antibiotics)) OR (antibiotic treatment) AND cough reduction OR sputum production reduction OR days off English language, peer-reviewed, published between 2017-2022 1112
3 COCHRANE Acute bronchitis OR bronchitis AND antibiotic treatment OR antibiotics English language, published within the previous 5 years 14

Sometimes databases include a blank search box that a researcher can fill up with the text of their choosing. Boolean operators can then be used to better structure the inquiry. Typical commands include AND, OR, and NOT, all being written in the uppercase (Polit & Beck, 2022). I’ll be able to widen my search by using larger phrases and Boolean operators to find acceptable references for my research papers. I find it to be a very useful feature considering the somewhat conflicting objectives that exist in fully qualitative and somewhat more structured models of research.

With this question identifying the appropriate search strategies and key words was not difficult, since bronchitis is a prevalent disease with a lot of available material. The key part of the assignment was to filter the results correctly to avoid the intervention of the outdated data. The importance of the correct order in the literature research cannot be understated as it is largely inseparable from the evidence-based practice of modern nursing. Adequate literature searching skills ensure the professional is substantially informed on the topic of interest trough the reputable and relevant sources.


Polit, D. F., & Beck, C. T. (2022). Essentials of nursing research: Appraising evidence for nursing practice (10th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.

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