Databases have controlled vocabularies and in order to find scholarly articles on your topic, you need to use the same vocabulary as the database. Look for a link to thesaurus, subject headings, etc.
Here are some keywords and phrases you could use:
- Pain management: A form of therapy that employs a coordinated and interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those experiencing pain.
- Palliative Care: Care alleviating symptoms without curing the underlying disease
Use AND to connect your search terms, depending on your topic:
- Cultures: Narrow to a specific culture (Native American, Chinese, Asian American, etc.); try "cultural diversity"
- Religion: Narrow to a specific religion (Muslim, Jewish, Islamic, etc.)
- Ethnic: Narrow to a specific ethnic group (Hispanic, Latino, etc.)
- Diseases: Narrow to a specific one (Alzheimer's, dementia, etc.)
Example: "palliative care" AND "Asian American*"
Reminders: Use quotes when searching phrases except in PubMed
Use an asterisk (*) to capture all forms of a word (American* will yield
American AND Americans)