PDPT 56800: Research II: Evidence Based Practice II


Defining Your Research Question

Determine and define the clinical problem
· Frame this in a question format as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
Generate a list of keywords using PICO
· Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
· Intervention
· Comparison (if any)
· Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Clinical Question: When treating rotator cuff injuries, will physical therapy lead to a quicker return playing?


Bibliographic Databases
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
EBP Databases
PubMed Clinical Queries
Special filters help you to find clinically based articles focused on therapy, diagnosis, etiology, prognosis, clinical prediction guidelines, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or medical genetics.
Cochrane Library
A collection of evidence-based medicine databases.
PEDro - Physiotherapy Evidence Database
Contains abstracts of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physical therapy. Most trials have been rated for quality.


Citing Sources Using AMA

AMA manual of style : a guide for authors and editors (print version at Ref Desk R119 .A533 2007) is the style guide for the American Medical Association. The AMA style is used in the field of medicine and other related fields such as physical therapy. The in-text citations are numbered superscripts that correlate with the numbered references in the bibliography that appear in the order that they are cited. At present, the manual is in its 10th edition (2007). Below is a useful link for learning more about the citation style:

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Here is a link to the library's guide on using Mendeley. There is a lot of helpful information on this guide including short video tutorials on various features in Mendeley. 

Mendeley Handouts
 Mendeley Overview pdf 
 Class 1 Exercise pdf 
 Class 2 Exercise pdf 

Physical Therapy Research Tutorials

Below are links to tutorials that will help you with research in physical therapy. Once the tutorial is running, simply scroll down to access the navigation bar.
Below are lilnks to tutorials that will help you with searching PubMed:

EBP Tutorials

Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine - Duke University's and UNC-Chapel Hill's interactive tutorial

Evidence Based Practice Tutorial - University of Minnesota's interactive tutorial

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