Healthstar (Ovid)

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Ovid Healthstar


Ovid Healthstar is comprised of data from the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) MEDLINE and former Healthstar databases. It contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery. The following topics are included: evaluation of patient outcomes; effectiveness of procedures, programs, products, services and processes; administration and planning of health facilities, services and manpower; health insurance; health policy; health services research; health economics and financial management; laws and regulation; personnel administration; quality assurance; licensure; and accreditation.


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Information in Ovid Healthstar is derived from MEDLINE, the Hospital Literature Index, and selected additional journals.

Type of coverage

The database contains citations and abstracts (when available) to journal articles, monographs, technical reports, meeting abstracts and papers, book chapters, government documents, and newspaper articles from 1966 to the present. In 2001, Ovid Healthstar also added selective coverage of evaluation studies, newspaper articles, and validation studies.

Citations are indexed with the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings in order to ensure compatibility with other NLM databases.

Ovid Healthstar incorporates a small proportion of full-text material.

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Material included in Ovid Healthstar was derived primarily from Hospital Literature Index and selectively from Index Medicus. Since 2000, material included is derived primarily from MEDLINE.

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