Searching guidance

Using the search function

You can search EuroScan for new and emerging health technologies in different ways. If you know the name of the drug, device, product or test and/or disease or patient group you are interested in you can type the name in the main search box.

  • You can restrict the search to one or more clinical specialties by clicking in the  'Specialty’ box and selecting which specialties you are interested in. You can add more than one specialty if you wish to.

  • If you wish to find technologies added by a particular member agency, you can restrict the search to one or more agency by clicking in the 'Agency' box.

  • You can restrict the search to find technologies at a particular stage in development or at a particular stage in the early awareness and alert (EAA) process by clicking on either the 'Stage of development' or 'Stage of EAA process' box. You can select more than one stage if you wish to.

  • You can restrict the search to one or more years by clicking in the ‘Year added' box and selecting which years you are interested in. You can add more than one year if you wish to. You can also restrict the search to the date that the technology entry was last updated in the 'Year of update' box.


You can remove selected criteria by clicking on the small ‘x’ to the left of the specialty, agency, stage or year selected.

If you are interested in one or more clinical specialties, EAA agency, technologies at a certain stage of development or stage of EAA process but you don’t have a specific drug, device, product or test and/or disease or patient group you are interested in, you can search for these leaving the main search box empty.

When you are happy with your search, click the ‘Search’ box. You will be taken to the search results page. The results are split up into drugs, devices, diagnostics, procedures, programmes and other reports .You can use the ‘Order search’ function to re-order the results by date order (newest first), reverse date (oldest first) and relevance.

What if the titles of the results do not have my search terms in?

The search looks at the text within all reports as well as their titles. If your search term is not in the titles displayed, it will be somewhere within the document.

AND, OR and NOT (Boolean operators)

The search allows you to combine search terms using AND, OR and NOT to produce more relevant results, as well as using phrases.

Example

If you want to find everything on ovarian cancer you could enter ovarian cancer into the search box. This search will bring up everything that has either ovarian or cancer in the text, so they results may not be specifically about ovarian cancer.

If however you add ovarian AND cancer into the search box (using capital letters for AND), then the search results will have both words in the text, and the results will be much more likely to be relevant.

You can refine this further by using “ ” to denote a phrase. Entering “ovarian cancer” will bring back results where the words ovarian and cancer are next to one another (in the order written).

You can combine these functions e.g. “ovarian cancer” AND diagnosis will return only those documents containing both the phrase and the keyword. The AND function tends to narrow your search.

If you combine words with the OR function (using capital letters for OR), then the documents found will have either of the words, as well as those documents that contain both words.  The OR function tends to broaden your search.

If you do not want to find documents without a specific phrase then you can use the NOT function. For example the search “ovarian cancer” NOT diagnosis will return documents that relate to ovarian cancer, but are not about diagnosis. They may be about drugs treatment or devices relating to care, but not about diagnosis.

Truncated part words and wildcards

The search is able to use part words using the * truncation operator, where * can represent 1 or more characters, and a wildcard character ? to replace a characters in a search term.

For example

If you wish to find documents that include anything relating to diabetes or diabetics, you could add both those terms into the search box individually or you can enter diabe* into the search box using the * character to represent the letters ‘-tese’ and ‘-tic’.

 If you wish to search for haematology, but you are uncertain of the spelling, you can enter h?ematology into the search box, and this will search for haematology and hematology.

 Exporting search results

You can export the search results by clicking the ‘Export’ button. The download is a .csv file, which can be opened into Excel or other similar spreadsheet software. The download includes the title of each report, a URL address/weblink to each report, and a note of whether the report relates to a drug, device, diagnostic, news item, review or other report.