PDPT 66900: Research III


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Clinical Question

In elderly patients who have recently had a stroke and having trouble using their left arm, can the use of virtual reality be used to improve mobility?



This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.

MeSH Search
Here is a link to a tutorial reviewing the MeSH search demonstrated in class/ 

Clinical Queries 

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This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.

1. arm or upper extremity
2. Stroke
3. virtual reality or video games or computer simulation or user computer interface or computer assisted therapy

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SPORTDiscus with Full Text  
This is a great tool for sports and fitness related physical therapy journal articles with links to some full-text.


Cochrane Library
A full-text database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses


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.

PEDro has implied ANDs and ORs which means that you can simply string together your keywords. If you include ANDs and/or ORs, you will get a message stating to remove the ANDs, ORs, and NOTs, or click search again to run the search with the terms included. The results will be the same. 

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SR Tools

University of Texas - -School of Public Health: Excellent resource with many templates
PRISMA: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses 

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:

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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