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Physical Therapy Research Guide

What is Evidence Based Practice?

EBP Physical Therapy Library Resources

EBP Steps

Select studies that meet your search criteria. 

·     Primary Sources: PubMedMEDLINE (Ovid)Web of ScienceCINAHL

·     GuidelinesUS National Guidelines ClearinghouseNational Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) GuidelinesScottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)Canadian Medical Association Guidelines

·     Evidence-Based Summaries: BandolierClinical Evidence

·     Structured AbstractsEBM Online

·     Systematic ReviewsCochrane Library

·     To search several of the databases simultaneously you can use:

Evaluate the evidence to assess the following:

1.     Does the study/evidence address my question?

2.     Is the source reliable?

3.     Is the methodology sound?

4.     Are the results valid?

5.     Does the evidence apply to my patient or population?

Critical Appraisal Worksheets

From the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

·     Systematic Review Critical Appraisal Sheet

·     Diagnosis Critical Appraisal Sheet

·     Prognosis Critical Appraisal Sheet

·     Therapy / RCT Critical Appraisal Sheet


Integrate the Evidence