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Live Literature Searches

These PubMed live searches have been developed, tested and endorsed as part of the Health Libraries for the National Standards Research Project (HeLiNS), a joint initiative of Health Libraries Australia and Health Libraries Inc. The searches provide updated results for topics aligned to the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.


  • Clinicians working in Australian hospitals who wish to find evidence to support best practice in line with Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
  • Researchers, safety and quality staff, health service managers, policymakers, and consumers
  • Health librarians - these searches can be promoted to clients on websites, resources and user guides.


These searches provide access to current evidence on 13 topics related to best practice in Australian health services:

  • Health Literacy
  • Shared decision-making
  • Blood Management
  • Clinical Handover
  • Delirium
  • Deteriorating Patient
  • Falls Prevention
  • Infection Prevention
  • Malnutrition
  • Medication Safety
  • Partnering with Consumers
  • Pressure Injuries
  • Wound Management.

The searches are not intended to be comprehensive. They aim to provide high specificity (relevance) so that results returned will be of immediate use. The base search for each topic focuses on a hospital setting and is limited to the last 5 years. Subsets are provided for each topic, including:

  • Australian only
  • Last 12 months only
  • Reviews
  • Guidelines
  • Quality improvement.

These searches work best in the Chrome and Firefox browsers. All queries concerning the live literature searches should be directed to Gemma Siemensma via email: or phone call: +61 3 53204455.

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