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New 2011 MeSH Terms Include “Doulas”

September 27, 2010

Just over a year ago, I wrote Improving the Findability of Evidence & Literature on Doulas, and complained about the lack of a proper subject term for doulas in the MeSH vocabulary used in PubMed.*

I submitted the suggestion to add “doula” to the vocabulary, and some of you also submitted the term for addition to MeSH – at least one of you even received a rather rude reply to stop suggesting the term.

Today, I checked out the newly released 2011 MeSH updates, and found that “Doulas” has been added as a new term!

This *should* make it easier to identify literature about doulas in PubMed in the future. Thanks to everyone who suggested it! We can’t know, of course, whether our suggestions specifically influenced the addition, but I’m going to assume they did and thank you all anyway. 😉

Some other new additions that caught my eye as potentially useful: Airway Management; Bleaching Agents; Bullying; Carbon footprint; Catheters; Counterfeit drugs; Drug-Seeking Behavior; Epigenomics; Exsanguination; Examination Tables; Food, Organic; Gestational Sac; Hair Bleaching Agents; Gynecological Examination; Lost to Follow-Up; Nasal Sprays; Pets; Recyling; Sex Reassignment Procedures; Sex Reassignment Surgery; Social Stigma; Watchful Waiting; Wireless Technology.

They also included Apathy. And “Confederate States of America” – I’m not sure what the need for that term was!

*See this post for background on the doula terminology issue and why PubMed/MeSH was kind of lacking on this concept. See the MeSH site for more detail on that system overall.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. A'Llyn permalink
    September 27, 2010 8:36 pm

    Woo hoo! The system works!

    Or something. 🙂

  2. September 28, 2010 10:58 pm

    the Hair Bleaching Agents is interesting – I was just doing a search last week for something similar.

  3. October 12, 2010 4:04 am

    excelent. I’m glad I read this


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