The journal Physiotherapy is to be included in Medline – reflecting growing recognition of physical therapists by doctors and other health professions, and an increasing scientific evidence base for the profession.
Searching Medline, the primary component of the electronic PubMed database, brings up citations to journal articles, including title, authors and abstract. Publications have to apply to the US National Library of Medicine to have their journal included, which makes a judgement based on scientific policy and quality.
“Following indexation, papers in Physiotherapy will now be visible to a global audience,” says Michele Harms, Editor-in-Chief of Physiotherapy, the official journal of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK. “This will attract an international author base and readership.”
“Inclusion in Medline not only recognises the journal as an authoritative source of biomedical research, but also provides the foundation for future growth.” The application was supported by high profile sponsors, including Marilyn Moffat, President of WCPT.