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BabelMeSH and PICO Linguist

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BabelMeSH and PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) Linguist are multi-language tools for searching MEDLINE/PubMed. Features common to both include:

  • They are intended for users whose native language is not English.
  • Queries can be submitted as single terms or complex phrases in one of the languages listed below, which include character-based languages. No other search engine has this feature.
  • A query can use words from more than one language. No other search engine has this feature either.
  • The search interface changes to allow search terms to be entered in the chosen language.
  • Typing accents or other diacritical marks is optional.
  • Queries are transformed into English.
  • Results are MEDLINE/PubMed citations published in any one or more of the listed languages, as specified by the user.
  • Links to full-text articles, if available for free, are included in the search results.

Features specific to BabeMeSH include:

Features specific to PICO Linguist include:

  • PICO Linguist uses PICO’s interface, which has a fill-in-the-blank and menu format for specifying a condition or disease, a single intervention or treatment, and multiple interventions or treatments that are to be compared.
  • PICO Linguist is available through BabelMeSH ( http://babelmesh.nlm.nih.gov ) and at the main screen of PubMed for Handhelds ( http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov ).

BabelMeSH and PICO Linguist support the following languages; the links are to BabelMeSH:

These languages have been available for several years, but developers continue to be interested in adding languages.

Publications/Tools: 
Fontelo P, Liu F, Leon S, Anne A, Ackerman MJ. PICO Linguist and BabelMeSH: Development and Partial Evaluation of Evidence-based Multilanguage Search Tools for MEDLINE/PubMed. In: Kuhn KA, Warren JR, Leong T-Y, editors. Stud Health Technol Inform [Studies in Health Technology and Informatics] -- MEDINFO 2007: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics -- Building Sustainable Health Systems; 2007 Aug 20-24; Brisbane, Australia;129(Part I):817-21. IOS Press.

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