PEDro, the internationally acclaimed physical therapy evidence database, is exhibiting at the WCPT Congress as it celebrates its 15th birthday.
It is the largest physical therapy-specific evidence resource, containing more than 30,000 reports of guidelines, reviews and trials. In 2013 it became a professional partner of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy – in recognition of the fact that the two organisations share similar objectives and values.
PEDro Manager Anne Moseley of the George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney said: “The Congress is a great way to share PEDro with physical therapists worldwide.
“We are proud to say that PEDro is used in over 200 countries and has answered 13-million clinical questions in the last 15 years. One of the best things about PEDro is that is it a free online resource that helps the global physical therapy community stay informed about the latest physical therapy evidence.”
PEDro is used in physical therapy practice, education and research. It only indexes research reports which use the best methods for evaluating intervention, specifically evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials. Its home page is published in 11 different languages.
Search results are ranked by method (guidelines are displayed first and trials last). Trials are ranked by quality. “This helps to direct users to evidence which is most likely to be valid and contain sufficient information to guide clinical practice,” Anne Moseley said.
She paid tribute to the generosity of 40 WCPT member organisations, whose support helps keep PEDro up-to-date.
PEDro can be found at stand D16 in the exhibition hall. The organisation is:
- launching a new YouTube video on how to ask a clinical question in PICO format
- launching a Turkish version of the PEDro web-site
- conducting guided tours of the database in different languages
- helping delegates search for high-quality research evidence to answer clinical questions
- recording endorsement videos
- obtaining feedback from delegates.