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. 2019 Mar 14;9:5.
doi: 10.1186/s40945-019-0058-3. eCollection 2019.

Societá Italiana De Fisioterapia and the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)

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Societá Italiana De Fisioterapia and the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)

Mark R Elkins et al. Arch Physiother. .
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Abstract

This paper provides an overview of a free resource that can be used by physiotherapists to assist their efforts to undertake evidence-based practice. The resource is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro; www.pedro.org.au) - a searchable online database that in February 2019 indexes the details of over 42,000 pieces of published evidence about the effects of physiotherapy interventions. PEDro is searched millions of times each year by users worldwide. Societá Italiana de Fisioterapia (SIF; www.sif-fisioterapia.it) has entered into a collaboration with the developers of PEDro. In addition to describing the evidence available on PEDro and who uses it, this paper also summarises the features of PEDro that can facilitate evidence-based physiotherapy. This paper concludes by outlining the collaboration between SIF and PEDro.

Keywords: Evidence-based practice; PEDro; Physiotherapy; Professional issues.

Conflict of interest statement

Not applicable.Not applicable.The authors are co-directors of the PEDro project.Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

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Amount of evidence indexed on PEDro, separated by subdiscipline of physiotherapy. Reproduced from https://www.pedro.org.au/english/downloads/pedro-statistics/
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Cumulative number of trials, reviews and guidelines indexed on PEDro. Reproduced from https://www.pedro.org.au/english/downloads/pedro-statistics/
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Cumulative number of records indexed on PEDro, separated by subdiscipline of physiotherapy based on June 2018 update
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Cumulative number of searches of PEDro since its inception. Reproduced from Reference [14]

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