Table 1

Search terms

SearchMeSH termsAMED*CINAHLEmbasePubMed (title/abstract)MEDLINE
1‘Patella’ or ‘patellar’936253821 98314 07615 564
2‘Dislocation’ or ‘dislocations’944540268 37035 11748 592
3‘Mpfl’ or ‘medial patellofemoral ligament’9134420382294
41 and 2 and 3657304216212
5Limit to English657273192184
6Limit to RCTN/A210109
Final0*210109
  • *AMED did not have the option of RCT limitation; this was done manually and showed no RCTs.

  • AMED, Allied and Complementary Medicine; CINAHL, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature; MeSH, Medical Subject Headings; RCT, randomised controlled trials.