Welcome to the Physical Therapy Guide.
Audience: CUW undergraduate and MPT graduate students in PT courses.
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Finding Primary Research Articles
Use these search techniques to locate primary research articles inside databases.
- Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “research” OR “study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below).
Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.
- Filter by Document Type: on the Advanced Search page choose Case Study or Research under Document Type or Publication Type. In ProQuest databases, it looks like this:
All of these results are generally primary research articles, but not all primary research is a case study, so you will likely be missing some primary research articles on your topic by searching this way.
- In Ebscohost databases, you can choose
“Research” under Publication Type.
4. If you get a lot of results, consider limiting by Special interest to: Physical Therapy.
See the Health Science Tools(PDF) Guide for any easy reference Chart on the features of different Databases
CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost) indexing for journals, and provides additional nursing and allied health research material including health care books, select conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheet and quick lesson disease overviews.
ClinicalKey (Elsevier) All of Elsevier’s medical and surgical content in one resource, including books, journals, videos, and images.
The Cochrane Library (EBSCOhost) Contains three databases. The Database of Systematic Reviews contains full text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based medicine and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is a bibliography of controlled trials to create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews. Cochrane Clinical Answers contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.
DynaMed Plus (EBSCOhost) clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based information. DynaMed includes clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics Features include: Use of a strict, evidence-based editorial process, One-click access to full-text articles, Practice-changing updates, targeted Medline searching and more.
McGraw-Hill Medical Databases – search AccessEmergencyMedicine, AccessPediatrics and AccessSurgery in one integrated search to find the following:
- Patient Education
- Extensive Multimedia Library—A unique collection of examination and procedural videos & animations,
- Multiple Quick Reference Tools— a collection of concise evidence-based outlines of conditions and disorders most often encountered in medical practice
- Self-Assessment—Extensive Q&A from leading references
MEDLINE Complete (EBSCOhost) Pubmed companion of biomedical and health journals. Topics: biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, nursing, and life sciences. It is an essential resource for health professionals and researchers. Content Includes: full-text journals, and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) for current biomedical journals.
Proquest Health & Medicine Databases Search all of Proquest’s health and medicine databases at the same time.
PubMed (National Library of Medicine) FREE access to over 11 million MEDLINE® citations. Mid-1960’s-present.
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) – Provides scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.
Nursing & Allied Health Database (ProQuest) Provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. Includes full-text titles plus dissertations in nursing and related fields. Training videos from Medcom, Inc on health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs and many more. Multicultural reports from CultureVision are available for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with respect to their beliefs and practices.
Nursing & Health Professions Premier (Ovid) Provides full-text access to nursing and allied health journals published by leading publishers.
Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) (EBSCOhost) Evidence-based clinical reference tool for use by rehabilitation clinicians at the point-of-care. Content: Clinical Reviews, research instruments, more than 9,800 exercise images, key reference handbooks, guidelines from the National Guidelines Clearinghouse, nearly 1,500 relevant patient education topics in both English & Spanish, and news and clinical updates.
Gale OneFile: Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (Gale) Academic journals and magazines covering the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine.
SPORTDiscus (Please note: This database is limited to 4 users at a time) Covers sports, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, college & university sport, disabled persons, health, health education, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation, physical therapy, allied health, occupational health & therapy, public health and more.
Search for Journal articles in Primo or library database (see databases tab)
Instructions for finding, accessing full-text, & requesting: Finding Journal Articles
Pediatric Physical Therapy
PT in Motion
Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy
The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo
- Open Primo Journal Title Search
- Search for the Journal’s Title
- Click on the Journal title in the search results.
- Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page using the search box.
Search for books and ebooks in Primo.
General Instruction: FINDING BOOKS
Library of Congress Call Numbers
RJ 52-53 Pediatric Therapeutics
RM695-799 Physical therapy and rehabilitation
RM930-931 Rehabilitation therapy
Reference books are located in the short stacks in the center of the library.
|Gray’s Anatomy||REF QM 23.2 G73|
|Merck manual of diagnosis and therapy||REF RC 55 M4|
|Physicians’ Desk Reference||REF RS 75. P5|
|Human Anatomy Online||Website|
|NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia||Website|
When would I need to find statistics and datasets? You might use statistics to describe your population/problem and show why it’s important.
HealthData.gov: US health and medicine data
National Center for Health Statistics- Fast Stats Alphabetical list of stats on public health issues
National Center for Health Statistics- Health annual report Datafinder tool and free infographics
State Health Facts (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
List of data and statistics sources from the US Department of Health & Human Services.
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
–Aquatic Physical Therapy Section
–Home Health Section
–Section on Geriatrics
The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)
Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA)
Online Encyclopedia of Physiotherapy
Database of assistive technology products and resources
Research Search Tools
Working on a literature review? Try one of these tools for more research articles and grey literature
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
Evidence-based systematic reviews & economic assessments. 1994-March 2015.
Evidence-Based Healthcare Search Tool to aid professionals
HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress) (NIH)
Search tool for current health services research and public health projects in the US
Open access journals in Medicine
PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database): a free database of over 19,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For all items, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract, and a link to the full text, where possible.
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