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:

Specialized Databases:

Cochrane Reviews: “Improving healthcare decision-making globally, through systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions, published in The Cochrane Library.”

“a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines”

Standard Databases:

“Hooked on Evidence is APTA’s “grassroots” effort to develop a database containing current research evidence on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions.”

“Free database of over 15,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.”

  • PubMed Logo

“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.”

PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)

“the most comprehensive resource for nursing and allied health literature.”

  • Google Scholar

“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.”


Think Wikipedia for Physical Therapists.

“…keep up to date with current affairs related to the physiotherapy profession. It presents featured articles, new research, recent news, courses and jobs in one easily accessible place.”

  • EBM-First – a look at alternative therapies and the evidence for them.


“Open Door will provide members with easy access to journals and other resources relevant to clinical practice whenever and wherever they need it.”

Open Access Journals:

Access to medical journals as they release articles and sections after a certain period of time. Includes NEJM, JAMA, BMJ, Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, and Physiology, among others.

Publisher of 205 Open Access journals – search by keyword, browse by subject areas or journal titles.

  • PLoS ONE - www.plosone.org

“An interactive open-access journal for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and medical research.” Search by keyword or browse by subject area.

  • PLoS Medicine - www.plosmedicine.org

“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.”


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