Evidence Based Physical Therapy
A Selection of Databases for EBPT Searching
PEDro is the Physical therapy Evidence Database produced by the Center for Evidence- Based Physiotherapy (CEPB), based at the school of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, Australia. PEDro provides access to abstracts of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. It is accessible free of charge via the Internet. The controlled trials in PEDro are all rated with a methodological quality score, which is useful in terms of enabling users to quickly assess the validity of each trial.
Hooked on Evidence is an online database of research evidence produced by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Read-only open access is now available for non-APTA members. Hooked on Evidence contains articles, abstracts from research, and articles from peer-reviewed journals. Each abstract contains the purpose, study design, participants, method, interventions and outcomes. One of the useful features of this database is the inclusion of measures of effect size, which is useful in determining treatment effectiveness in terms of achieving an outcome.
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
CINAHL with Full Text provides selected full text access to over 300 journals, out of more than 2,700 journals indexed. The CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health) database covers the fields of nursing and allied health and contains more than 1,000,000 records dating back to 1982. CINAHL with Full Text also contains full text of legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. (Source: vendor website.)
This database includes the full text of the regularly updated systematic reviews of the effects of health care prepared by The Cochrane Collaboration. The reviews are presented in two sections: Complete reviews - Regularly updated Cochrane Reviews, prepared and maintained by Collaborative Review Groups (see Summary of CRG Output, under About the Cochrane Collaboration - Collaborative Review Groups for a listing of reviews and protocols organized by Collaborative Review Group) [and] Protocols - Protocols for reviews currently being prepared (all include an expected date of completion). Protocols are the background, objectives and methods of reviews in preparation.
A citation and abstracting database that provides comprehensive coverage of the peer-reviewed journal and conference literature, with links to full-text where available through the library. It encompasses scientific, technical, medical, social science and arts and humanities disciplines.
SPORTDiscus covers both serial and monographic literature on sports, fitness, and related disciplines, and provides selected full text access to more than 400 full text titles, out of thousands of journals indexed. For a list of the full text titles included, connect to resource and then click on the "Full Text Publications" link.
Containing literature dating from 1885-present, PsycINFO includes bibliographic citations and abstracts of the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines (like PT). It provides access to books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertations, and technical reports in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas.
Embase is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing thousands of international journals in a wide variety of fields from 1947 to the present. It includes in-depth coverage of pharmacology, pharmaceutical science and clinical research, including literature in such fields as clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical engineering/instrumentation.
Resources for evidence-based practice: evidence summaries, systematic reviews, best practices information sheets, evidence-based recommendations, consumer information sheets; from the University of Adelaide.