The MANTIS Database



MANTIS Brings You the World of Alternative Medicine

OVERVIEW

COVERAGE: 1900-PRESENT
FILE SIZE: OVER 400,000 RECORDS FROM OVER 1,000 JOURNALS
UPDATES: WEEKLY

MANTIS addresses all areas of alternative medical literature. It has also become the largest index of peer reviewed articles for several disciplines including; chiropractic, osteopathy, homeopathy, and manual medicine.


CONTENT QUALITY

Alternative medicine that is reliable is critical to researchers and clinicians. Clinical practice today must be evidence-based and supported by the literature. For these reasons, the primary emphasis of MANTIS is the indexing of peer reviewed biomedical journals.


CONTENT FOCUS

Acupuncture
Chiropractic
Exercise Therapy
Herbal Medicine (Phytotherapy)
Homeopathy
Massage
Midwifery
Moxibustion
Naturopathy
Nutrition
Oriental Traditional Medicine
Osteopathic Medicine
Wellness Care

MANTIS includes citations and abstracts from all alternative medicine disciplines. Each record contains a complete citation, the language of the abstract, the language of the article, and the headings and subheadings which describe the article. Approximately 70% of the references include abstracts.


FUTURE EMPHASIS

The content of MANTIS is dictated by our growing number of users. Currently, the priorities are to expand the information related to acupuncture and herbal medicine and at the same time increase the availability of full text documents. Subscribers have significant influence on the development of the MANTIS system. User suggestions are encouraged to improve content, specific journal inclusion, the indexing thesaurus and search engine features.


INDEXING

MANTIS uses standard Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). This includes the use of headings, subheadings, and check tags. Searches with “binding” of heading and subheading are also possible. In addition to the standard MeSH, a supplemental thesaurus has been developed that permits more precise indexing of alternative medical material.


SEARCH ENGINES

Searches through OVID, Dialog, and Datastar use their standard search methods. Searches through Health Index provide a variety of search options. The ADVANCED option allows users to create boolean arguments and conduct searches similar to conventional systems. Articles may be located by using title/abstract keywords, year, publication, author name, or by using MeSH headings/subheadings. Limiting retrievals by clinical relevancy, age group, study & sex group, or discipline can also be performed.


MANTIS Benefits

Here is a list of some of the many reasons why the MANTIS database is an important resource to students, physicians and other health care professionals:

CLINICAL COMPETENCY

The MANTIS database provides doctors throughout the world with vital information to aid in delivering quality patient education and care.


RESEARCH

All research begins with a review of existing studies. MANTIS eliminates the need of expending unnecessary resources (time and limited research dollars) attempting to find literature.


GUIDELINES / CONSENSES PROCESSES

These endeavors require all available information be gathered and brought to bear on the clinical issue being considered. (The Mercy and other practice guidelines as well as best practice reviews by CCGPP and others were developed with the use of MANTIS. For the Australians we generated hundreds of searches which were used as the foundation for their consensus processes and guidelines).


INSURANCE INDUSTRY

Searches are frequently asked for by the insurance industry. These searches are usually made to avoid payment for services rendered by physicians. Our search service helps to make sure all possible information is given to support treatment. There have been many instances where our information has prevailed in convincing an insurance carrier to pay for specific types of care (e.g. children, respiratory problems, upper extremity conditions, etc.).


MALPRACTICE

We have used MANTIS as well as other relevant databases to provide the vital information required to successfully defend numerous malpractice cases. These requests have come from doctors, attorneys, and malpractice carriers.


PATIENTS

The public is very interested in exploring alternative medicine. This has resulted in a growing number of requests from the public who we are able to provide information.

Current MANTIS Statistics

MANTIS is the Manual, Alternative and Natural Therapy Index System: The largest source of chiropractic, osteopathic and manual medical literature in the world.

Current Records: 416918

The following is a list of the most recently indexed journals that have been included in the MANTIS Database:
  • JOURNAL OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

  • TOPICS IN INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CARE

  • ASIAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE

  • JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC, MATERNAL & FAMILY HEALTH

  • INDIAN JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS AND RESOURCES


For a complete list of journals indexed in the MANTIS Database, please click here.

Why Use MANTIS?

"Our study shows that a specialized database such as MANTIS does offer unique resources that are not typically indexed by commonly used databases (eg. PubMed). As health care institutions and providers are increasing their services in the areas of CAM to meet public demands, an ever-growing number of subject-specific bibliographic databases are becoming available within the field of CAM. Libraries and research centers must find funding to increase access to specialized databases for CAM if institutional priorities focus on this growing area of medicine.

In a literature search for complementary and alternative medicine material, "The highest sensitivity (58%) and precision (83%) were obtained through MANTIS, since MANTIS specializes in osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, chiropractic, and physical therapy, which is the focus area of our systematic review."

Both from Spinal Palpation: The Challenges of Information Retrieval using Available Databases. By Murphy L., Reinsch S., Najm W., Dickerson V., Seffinger M., Adams A., Mishra S. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003; 26 (6): 374-382

"MANTIS, which provides comprehensive access to the literature of chiropractic and manual medicine, has been achieved at Northwestern at a very expedient, efficient and cost-effective level."

"MANTIS, formerly Chirolars, is the most comprehensive bibliographic database covering the disciplines of manual medicine, health promotion, preventative medicine and conservative care.

Both from End-user searching on MANTIS: The Northwestern Experience. By Cheryl M. Duggan and M.R. Hanson., Journal of Chiropractic Education. June 1997 Vol. 11(1) Pgs. 27-31."

"The results of this study show that a field doctor's search using the MANTIS (formerly Chirolars) database is likely to be the faster and more complete than a search of the manual databases or a non-chiropractic computerized database."

From the study Literature searching by a field doctor: a comparison of manual versus computerized methods by Darryl D. Curl, D.D.S., D.C. and Cynthia S. Shapiro, D.C. published in Chiropractic Technique. 1993 Feb. Vol. 5(1) Pgs. 15-22.

"At last it is possible to access ALL the chiropractic literature with just a few keystrokes."

Wagnon, RJ. The Journal of Chiropractic Education, 1990; 3(4), pg. 27.