Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Inpatients, Outpatients: new limits in CINAHL work well

A few weeks ago I attended a CINAHL webinar as a refresher. I didn't anticipate that I would learn too much, but I did learn about two new limits CINAHL has available: Inpatients and separately, Outpatients

You can find the limits under the "Show More" section, or wherever you usually access the more advanced limits. I've used these a few times now and have been very pleased with the results. It definitely beats the way I used to do it, which was a very messy process that I never quite got down. 

If you haven't tried these new CINAHL limits yet, take a look the next time you're searching. 


  1. I've noticed these new limits, and sort of always thought they were there! It certainly does simplify searching for inpatients vs. outpatients. What a good idea, Cinahl!

    1. Michele, I was surprised how well they worked. The first time I used them was a search on aromatherapy for inpatients. It found lots of great stuff very quickly.

  2. Interesting. Can we trust these limits? A simple search of MM "Handoff (Patient Safety)" gets 946 hits. Using the Inpatient limit drops the number to 98. Is this possible? Limiting the same search to Outpatients gets 10. Using both gets 4. Articles discussing bedside hand offs and hand offs in the perioperative period clearly involve inpatients, yet are lost to the inpatients limit. It looks to me like these limits are not to be trusted and should be used with extreme caution.

  3. The EBSCO trainer wasn't able to give me details on how exactly they work, but I suspect (just like with Clinical Queries filters) they are relying on the indexers of the articles to properly describe the scope of the article so limits like Inpatients, Outpatients can work best. I've used the limit a few times and have been happy with the results. Certainly for your handoffs example, it probably wouldn't make sense to use them as they didn't work well.