Appendix A:

Search strategy (MEDLINE)

Search HistoryResults
1exp Cardiovascular Diseases/1,167,638
2(cardiovascular$ or vascular or atherosclero$ or arteriosclero$ or myocardial infarct$ or cardiol$ or heart).mp. [mp = title, original title, abstract, name of substance word, subject heading word]1,104,530
3exp Kidney Failure/74,591
4(renal insufficiency or kidney insufficiency or renal failure or kidney failure or end stage renal disease$) .mp. [mp = title, original title, abstract, name of substance word, subject heading word]97,363
51 or 2164,8661
63 or 498,483
75 and 627,021
8mo.fs. or mortality.mp. [mp = title, original title, abstract, name of substance word, subject heading word]386,461
9exp MORTALITY/149,421
10exp Survival Analysis/58,242
11exp Survival Rate/65,541
12(death or survival).mp. [mp = title, original title, abstract, name of substance word, subject heading word]587,797
138 or 9 or 10 or 11 or 12820,886
147 and 137404
15exp RISK MANAGEMENT/ or exp RISK ASSESSMENT/ or exp RISK ADJUSTMENT/ or exp RISK/ or exp RISK FACTORS/392,263
16exp Cohort Studies/515,876
17exp Case-Control Studies/273,245
18exp Odds Ratio/22,039
1915 or 16 or 17 or 181,026,517
2014 and 193571
21from 20 keep 4, 7, 14, 26, 295
226 and 13 and 196874
2322 not 203303
24from 23 keep 20, 35, 453
25limit 23 to all adult <19 plus years>2424
26limit 25 to yr = 1902-20042424