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EBM for Physical Therapy  

A resource guide for topics in evidence-based practice for physical therapy.
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Locating Evidence

  • PubMed
    One of the largest biomedical databases, PubMed includes both clinical and basic research. Use the USciences link to PubMed so that you can access the library’s journal holdings.
  • The Cochrane Library (via Wiley)
    Consists of the following databases:
    • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
    • Cochrane Methodology Register
    • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
    • Health Technology Assessment Database
    • NHS Economic Evaluation Database
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness - DARE (via CRD Database)
    This site also includes other databases from the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. DARE contains critical analyses of systematic reviews; the other available databases include assessments of health economics articles and information on health technology assessments. USciences users also may search DARE through The Cochrane Library (Wiley)
  • PEDro - Physiotherapy Evidence Database  
    PEDro attempts to include all systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials that are of use to practice in physical therapy. A model for other health professions.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse
    Compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this site presents guidelines for evidence-based clinical practice.
  • SumSearch2  
    SumSearch provides guided searching to Medline, DARE and NGC as well as metasearching of selected free websites.

Other e-Resources

Collections of Evidence (available through subscription)

Selected Journal Articles

EBM articles by Trisha Greenhalgh, from July through September, 1997 BMJ

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: the Medline database.  BMJ. 1997 July 19; 315(7101): 180–183.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about). BMJ. 1997 July 26; 315(7102): 243–246.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper:  assessing the methodological quality of published papers.  BMJ. 1997 August 2; 315(7103): 305–308.   Available free from PubMed Central.     

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: statistics for the non-statistician. I: Different types of data need different statistical tests.  BMJ. 1997 August 9; 315(7104): 364–366.  Available free from PubMed Central.   

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: statistics for the non-statistician. II: "Significant" relations and their pitfalls.  BMJ. 1997 August 16; 315(7105): 422–425.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that report drug trials.  BMJ. 1997 August 23; 315(7106): 480–483.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that report diagnostic or screening tests. BMJ. 1997 August 30; 315(7107): 540–543.    Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses).  BMJ. 1997 September 6; 315(7108): 596–599.    Available free from PubMed Central

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses).  BMJ. 1997 September 13; 315(7109): 672–675.   Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  and R. Taylor.  How to read a paper:  papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research). BMJ. 1997 September 20; 315(7110): 740–743. Available free from PubMed Central.    


    Find Journals/Articles by Title

    The J.W. England Library maintains both print and electronic subscriptions to many journals. The best way to determine if we subscribe to a specific journal (and to look up articles within it) is to search Our Journal List/e-Book List. Here is how to proceed:

    1.    Make sure the Journals tab is selected (blue) before you search, to ensure you are searching journals and not e-books.

    2.    Enter all or part of the journal title in the Quick Search box and click Search. Make sure you enter a journal title and not an article title.

    3.     Titles matching your search will be displayed. Note the Online Coverage column which shows the date range of full text online holdings for each title.

    4.    Look for the journal title you need and note whether the title is available through full text (online) access and/or if the library has print holdings. This will be indicated if there is a checkbox under the appropriate column.

    5.    Online Journals - To see a journal that is available online, click on its checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Full Text Access. The link should take you directly to the online journal located within a database or collection. Once inside, you can navigate to your article.  If you are off-campus, you will need a valid username and password to view most online articles.  Some online journal articles are not available from off-campus due to vendor or technical barriers.

    6.    Print Holdings - To see which volumes of a journal the library holds, click on the checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Print Holdings. The link will take you to the journal's entry in Our Catalog (cataLyst). Sometimes instead of a single entry, a results list will appear. Choose your journal from the results list. Scroll down through the entry to find the location of the journal and the library's holdings. Most bound and unbound journals are on the library's second floor.

          (View tutorials including "Basic Searching", "More on Using the Search Button" and more)


    What if the Library Doesn't Have a Journal?

    • If you need an article from a journal that we do not subscribe to, you can request the article via ILLiad, our free interlibrary loan service. Learn more about ILLiad and other interlibrary loan options here.
    • If you need the article right away, you may be able to visit another library and access it there. There are many other libraries in the city, several of which are located close to USciences. Learn more about using other libraries.

      Search Google Scholar

      Google Scholar is Google’s tool for searching scholarly literature.

      • Just search using the field below. In your search results, look for the Find Full Text at USciences link next to individual results and click it to access full text via our e-resource subscriptions. (The link should only appear next to full text items in our collection.)
      • If you do not see the Find Full Text at USciences link next to an item you would like to read, look beneath the citation for a link that reads All (#) versions. If present, click this link to see all the locations the item is hosted online. In some instances, free access to the item may be available through one of these locations. If not, consider placing a request via ILLiad for the item.

      Important Note: Google Scholar's search results are not exhaustive, so do not assume that you have found "everything" on your topic via Scholar. It is just one tool to employ in your searches.

      Books & e-Books

      There are several ways to search for books and e-books:

      • Library Catalog (cataLyst)
        Search the library catalog for books on your topic. Use this link to enter the full catalog interface, or use the Search field at the top of this guide to do a quick search (make sure to choose "Library Catalog (cataLyst)" from the drop-down menu first).
      • E-ZBorrow
        If you don't find what you're looking for in the Library Catalog, use E-ZBorrow to borrow books from other libraries, free of charge.
      • Our e-Book List
        Use our e-Book List to search for e-books owned by USciences. Be sure to click the e-Books tab to highlight it before searching.
      • eBook Collection (via EBSCOhost)
        If you don't find what you need in Our e-Book List, use EBSCO's eBook database to search for and access e-books in a variety of subjects.

      Citing Your Sources


      Featured Books from Our Collection

      Click a title/author link to check availability in the library catalog (cataLyst)A status of Not Charged indicates the book is available.

      Cover Art
      Physical Therapy for the Stroke Patient - Jan Mehrholz
      Call Number: WL 355 M498
      ISBN: 9783131547217
      Publication Date: 2012-05-21
      Physical Therapy for the Stroke Patient: Early Stage Rehabilitation covers all the issues that physical therapists must deal with in this critical period: assessment of patients' abilities; care during the acute phase; early mobilization; effects of medication; risk factors; ethical questions; and much more. It provides complete guidelines on how to examine and treat the patient, the dosage of physical therapy required, and the key differences between early and late stage rehabilitation after stroke.

      Special Features:
      * Information-packed chapter on Optimizing Functional Motor Recovery after Stroke, written by J. Carr and R. Shepherd, pioneers in the field and the first to correlate motor learning and stroke recovery
      * Case studies throughout the book offering direct, hands-on examples of evaluation and treatment methods
      * Nearly 150 color photographs demonstrating step-by-step physical therapy techniques used in actual practice
      * Hundreds of references to the literature that support the evidence-based approach presented in the book

      Cover Art
      Differential Diagnosis for Physical Therapists - Catherine C. Goodman; Teresa Kelly Snyder
      Call Number: WB 460 G653 2013
      ISBN: 9781437725438
      Publication Date: 2012-01-31
      This text provides students, physical therapy clinicians and physical therapist assistants with a step-by-step approach to client evaluation, which follows the standards of competency established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) related to conducting a screening examination.
      • A systems-based approach to differential screening and diagnosis make it easy for Physical Therapists to find information and understand it in light of other systems issues.
      • Case studies provide real-world examples.
      • New chapter on how physical assessment provides baseline-screening information to better explain the progression of the screening process.
      • Includes new information on musculoskeletal problems.
      • A separate chapter on pain introduces the concept of pain as a screening tool.
      • An entire section is devoted to systematic origins of pain to demonstrate how regional pain should be approached in screening for particular disorders.
      • Introductory information on the newer medical screening concepts sets the stage for how screening is presented in the rest of the book.

      Cover Art
      Physical Therapy of the Shoulder
      Call Number: WE 810 P578 2012
      ISBN: 9781437707403
      Publication Date: 2011-04-19
      Provides complete information on the functional anatomy of the shoulder, the mechanics of movement, and the evaluation and treatment of shoulder disorders. It promotes current, evidence-based practice with coverage of the latest rehabilitation and surgical techniques. Case studies show the clinical application of key principles, and follow the practice patterns from the APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, 2nd Edition, relating to shoulder disorders.

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