Table 2

Overview of descriptors used in search

Search block ‘Healthcare Use’:Search block ‘Access’Search block ‘Socioeconomic position’
(descriptors within search block are connected with OR):Two sub-blocks:(descriptors within search block are connected with OR):
  • Health services underuse

Sub-block ‘regional’ AND sub-block ‘access measures’
  • Economic level

  • Healthcare-seeking behaviour

  • Assets index

  • Health services needs and demand

Sub-block regional:
  • Socioeconomic position

  • Delivery of healthcare

(descriptors within search block are connected with OR):
  • Health status disparities

  • Medical overuse

  • Region

  • Health equity

  • Health services overuse

  • Neighbourhood

  • Social determinants of health

  • Health services overuse

  • Geographical

  • Healthcare disparities

  • Healthcare use

  • Local

  • Healthcare inequalities

  • Health services use

  • Spatial

  • Socioeconomic position

  • Physician visits

  • Borough

  • Socioeconomic factors

  • Paediatrician visits

  • Social class

  • Children’s doctor visits

  • Socioeconomic status

  • Baby doctor visits

Sub-block ‘access measures’:
  • Social gradient

  • Referral and consultation

(descriptors within search block are connected with OR):
  • Inequity

  • Health services accessibility

  • Inequality

  • Access to healthcare

  • Gap

  • Availability of health services

  • Poverty

  • Travel times

  • Deprivation

  • Travel distance

  • Education

  • Waiting times

  • Educational status

  • Hospital beds

  • Income

  • Physician density

  • Family income

  • Paediatrician density

  • Schooling

  • General practitioner density

  • Healthcare supply

  • Office hours

  • Consultation hours

  • Descriptors were searched in the title and abstract fields. Terms that were also used as Medical Subject Headings terms are denoted in italic font.