NSQHS Standards - Live Literature Searches

Looking for evidence to support best practice in line with the Australian National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards?


These PubMed searches will find articles from the last 5 years with a focus on the hospital setting.


Click on 'more search options' in any box for specific subsets including: broader coverage of the topic, Australian focus, or Reviews.


Partnering with consumers

Preventing and controlling health care associated infections

Medication safety



Comprehensive care

Communicating for safety

Blood management

Recognising and responding to acute deterioration



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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. These searches were first released in July 2018. These current searches were updated in October 2020 and have been adapted and expanded to reflect the NSQHS 2nd edition. Previous versions of these searches can be located in the PANDORA Archive.

The searches have been created by a librarian with expertise in searching for evidence on health. They have undergone extensive internal testing, but have not been developed as objectively derived and validated search filters. Each search (and subset search string) has undergone consultation and review by a panel of health librarians with searching expertise and knowledge of the needs and interests of the targeted audience.

Audiences for the searches:

  • Primarily aimed at 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 are encouraged to use the searches and to make them available to their clients through promotion and linking from websites, resources and user guides.

The searches target information on 12 topics of relevance to best practice in Australian hospital settings. They have been designed for this purpose and 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:

  • Broader
  • Australian only
  • Reviews

Search strategies for these subsets have either been created internally, or used an existing published search (PubMed Systematic Reviews Subset Search Strategy[1] for reviews). For each topic a broader (more sensitive search) is also provided, not limited by hospital setting or date. This search is also not validated and cannot be claimed to be comprehensive, but will be useful as a starting point (and source of search terms) for searching for research purposes.

The searches are provided in PubMed, as a platform that is freely available and a source of high quality health evidence. We encourage users to send any comments or suggestions on improving the searches, and to build on them where necessary, using their own terms. For example, the large topic of Partnering with Consumers can be narrowed to focus on a topic of particular interest.



Would you like to see these topics expanded? If so please email suggestions of topics for inclusion to Sarah Hayman.



The text of these searches are provided under Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0



We welcome feedback and suggestions about the searches. Please send comments to Sarah Hayman.


[1]National Library of Medicine. Search strategy used to create the systematic reviews subset on PubMed. [Web document]. Bethesda, MD: The Library. [Last reviewed February 2019; cited 04 Oct 2020]. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/pubmed_subsets/sysreviews_strategy.html