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The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) is a freely available,

The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) has moved and added clinical practice

The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) is a freely available, internet-based
database of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials in physiotherapy.
Since being launched in October 1999, PEDro has continued to expand and now
contains over 650 systematic reviews and over 3,750 randomised controlled trials.
Every day over 430 users search the PEDro database for the best available evidence
to assist clinical decision-making as well as for teaching and research purposes.

A unique feature of the PEDro database is that nearly all the randomised controlled
trials are rated for methodological quality using the PEDro scale. Information
about the PEDro scale is available via the ‘questions’ link on the
PEDro home-page. The ratings are used to rank the search results, to quickly
guide users to trials that are likely to be valid and to have sufficient statistical
information to make the results interpretable.

In May 2003 PEDro moved. The new URL for the PEDro database is:
To improve access, the PEDro home-pages are now available in English, Spanish,
Portugese, Korean, Italian, French German and Arabic.

A new search feature has also recently been added to PEDro. Evidence-based
clinical practice guidelines are now indexed on PEDro. Guidelines are systematically
developed statements about the best management of a health condition (eg, stress
incontinence) and can be used to guide clinical practice. Only guidelines that
are based on a thorough evaluation of the research literature (ie, evidence-based)
will be indexed on PEDro. Over 120 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
are currently available.

PEDro is currently funded by Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) of New South Wales
(NSW), the Physiotherapists Registration Board of NSW, NRMA Insurance and NSW
Health. In-kind support is provided by the School of Physiotherapy and the Rehabilitation
Studies Unit at the University of Sydney, and from the Rehabilitation and Related
Therapies Field of the Cochrane Collaboration.

PEDro also relies on support from volunteer physiotherapists. These volunteers
search the literature for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, systematic
reviews and randomised controlled trials in physiotherapy and, after participating
in a training program, rate trials for methodological quality. If you are interested
in supporting PEDro, please contact the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy
(please use email if you have the choice).

If you have not tried using PEDro, why not try a search on a topic relevant
to your clinical practice or research interest? Anyone can visit the PEDro web-site
and use the complete database search facilities at no charge.

Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy

School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney,

PO Box 170, LIDCOMBE NSW 1825, Australia

tel: +61 2 93519547 fax: +61 2 93519278

email: URL:

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