Iowa Drug Information Service (IDIS). Facts about IDIS. Publisher University of Iowa College of Pharmacy Division of Drug Information Years Covered 1966 to Present Scope Only includes articles about drugs in human therapy
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Caution: Use of this field will result in MANY irrelevant citations (cross references of cross references of cross references, etc., in the Thesaurus are checked).
Best use of this field
Search for unique terms, abbreviations, or exact phrases that do not have a valid drug, disease, or descriptor term (enclose phrases in double quotes).
Search for one to two drugs and/or diseases and then examine the index records in the results to find more specific terms to be used in the Drug, Disease, or Descriptor fields in the Advanced Search section.
Combine a unique term in this field with a valid drug, disease, or descriptor term in the Advanced Search section.
This search yields 3 results (articles 651723, 559551, and 505702)
To see all the terms that were used to index the article, change the “Output/Display Format” to Full Results and click Adjust. This is similar to looking at the full citation in PubMed to get an idea of other terms you might want to search for.
Note about Full Results: You can work backwards if you find a relevant citation in another database; locate the article in IDIS using the other fields or general terms, look at the “Full Results” of what you get to see the valid terms, plug them in, and redo the search to locate more articles on the subject.
When searching the Thesaurus, use the asterisk (*) to truncate words. This will allow you to find the term if it isn’t indexed exactly the way you think it is. For example, “kidney ston*” would find kidney stone, kidney stones, kidney stonage, kidney stoning (all of these terms aren’t in IDIS or even real terms, but this is just to give you an example). Think about appropriate places to truncate terms.
Not all words/terms will have a controlled vocabulary term. If you try your absolute best and cannot find an appropriate term, try searching for the word or term in the Title and/or Abstract field or in the Basic Search field.
For example, if you search 24040100 (cardiac glycosides – a class of drugs), your search will only retrieve articles that talk about that class in general. It will not locate articles about the individual drugs in the class. If you wanted information about all cardiac glycosides, you should search 240401*. This will pick up 24040101 (deslanoside), 24040102 (digitalis), 24040103 (digoxin), etc.
Locate articles about a side effect/adverse reaction that a drug causes:
Enter the drug that is causing the side effect/adverse reaction.
In general, you won’t need a disease term because the drug will likely cause the side effect/adverse reaction in all diseases.
Use the appropriate side effect/adverse effect descriptor. Searching the Thesaurus for “drug induced” and the side effect/adverse reaction that you are looking for will usually provide the correct descriptor.