The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) has identified the most important trials to have influenced the practice of physical therapy. They include studies in back pain, sports injuries, ageing, stress incontinence and pulmonary and stroke rehabilitation.
PEDro, which is an official professional partner of WCPT, indexes reports of more than 28,000 guidelines, trials and reviews and has published the list to celebrate its 15th anniversary. It compiled the list having asked PEDro users to nominate the most significant physical therapy trials ever published. Nominations were judged by a panel of international physiotherapy trialists.
“The randomised controlled trial is the backbone of evidence based physiotherapy,” said PEDro Manager Anne Moseley of the George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney, where PEDro is based.
“These are ground-breaking trials that changed the way people are treated for a variety of conditions seen by physiotherapists and other health professionals. Some set the stage for breakthroughs, some represent a paradigm shift, and all of them mark important milestones in the evolution of physiotherapy treatment.”
The 15 top trials are:
“This is a fascinating list,” said Tracy Bury, WCPT’s Director of Professional Policy. “Not everyone will agree with it, but it is a great illustration of how gathering evidence from high quality research has changed the practice of physical therapy for the benefit of patients.”
“WCPT is proud of its professional partnership with PEDro. We believe that it is an essential resource that informs evidence based physical therapy worldwide, and helps provide better services for those needing physical therapy. We’d like to congratulate PEDro and the team involved from the beginning on their 15th anniversary.”