PT has changed a lot over the years. With the coming changes in healthcare, evidence-based practice (EBP) will be more important. While clinical experience is a part of EBP, it is not the whole of it. The following links to research evidence are provided to support or improve PT practice.
Primers/ tools for EBP/EBM:
- Physiopedia’s primer
- JAMA’s guide
- A tutorial from Duke/UNC
- Tools from the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine
- Confidence Interval Calculator from PEDro
- APTA’s PTNow
“a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines”
“Hooked on Evidence is APTA’s “grassroots” effort to develop a database containing current research evidence on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.”
“PubMed comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full-text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites.”
- CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
“the most comprehensive resource for nursing and allied health literature.”
“Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.”
- EBM-First – a look at alternative therapies and the evidence for them.
- Physio Guru’s list of open access journals in physiotherapy/ rehabilitation.
- Free Medical Journals
“PLoS Medicine is the leading open-access medical journal, providing an innovative and influential venue for research and comment on the major challenges to human health worldwide. We specifically seek to publish papers which have relevance across a range of settings and that address the major environmental, social, and political determinants of health, as well as the biological.”