Mucositis Search Strategy

  • Initial references prior to update – 90
  • Search results of literature retrieved 5/1/2008 – 03/31/2014
  • PubMed:
  • Mucositis[ti] OR Mucositis[majr] OR "oral complication*"
  • Filters activated: Publication date from 2008/05/01 to 2014/03/31, English, Cancer
  • 635 citations
  • (MM "Mucositis" OR MM "Stomatitis" OR TI Mucositis OR TI stomatitis OR "oral complication*") AND (cancer OR neoplasms OR oncolog* OR chemotherap*)
  • Limiters: Published Date: 20080501-20140331
  • 338 citations
  • 138 titles selected from review of abstracts for full article review
  • 100 final publications included after removal of duplicates and studies that did not meet inclusion criteria, and addition of manuscripts retrieved in other topics meeting topic specific criteria
Inclusion Criteria: 
1. Full research report, systematic review, guideline or meta-analysis
2. Study must report results of measurement of oral mucositis
3. The study examines an intervention aimed at affecting the problem of oral mucositis. 
4. Study sample must include patients with cancer
Exclusion Criteria: 
1. Grey literature
2. Descriptive study 
3. Studies reporting intervention effects on the pain of mucositis, but not the actual incidence or severity of the symptom itself