Evidence Based Practice Resources

As a Clinical Scholar you will be given full Regis Library previlages which will give you easy access to numerous full-text journal articles. Other helpful resources for clinical instructors without library access may include:

Physical Therapist Specific Journals: (Click on name for direct link to website)

Medical Journals of Interest to Physical Therapists:

Secondary Databases:

  • Cochrane: Primary location of high-quality reviews on selected topics related to systematic reviews of the medical literature. Not PT-specific, but does include PT-related topics, especially under the Musculoskeletal Group
  • Hooked on Evidence: APTA’s member database, which is modeled after the PEDro site.
  • PEDro: APTA Members have access to Physiotherapy Evidence Database. It has been developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. Most trials on the database have been rated for quality to help you quickly discriminate between trials which are likely to be valid and interpretable and those which are not.

Other Web-Based Resources on EBP:

  • University of Toronto Centre for Evidence-based Medicine: Site that relates to one of the two primary textbooks on EBM, the text written by David Sackett, MD.
  • Netting the Evidence: Another British site that may be one of the most comprehensive resource for the evidence-based practitioner.
  • Trawling the Net: A British site listing free web-based databases.
  • Evidence-based Medicine Resource Center: A New York-based site with many links, including several listserv sites (which put you on an ongoing email-based discussion on EBP discussion topics).
  • Evidence In Motion (EIM):Evidence-based practice: Just a 21st century health care buzzword or the optimal practice model for now and the future?
  • Up To Date: Designed to answer the clinical questions that arise in daily practice and to do so quickly and easily so that it can be used right at the point of care.
  • Physiospot: Physiospot presents summaries of articles from recently published journals that are specifically selected for their clinical relevance.
  • Physiopedia: Physiopedia utilizes a collaborative wiki technology, so that all physiotherapists can participate by contributing, sharing and building knowledge to develop a global understanding.

We recognize that there are many, many more sites that could be included, but this is a good start. Please feel free to inform us if you would like to see other links on this page!

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