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Allied Health Evidence Search

EBP Metasearch

Resources for Answering Background Questions


A number of textbooks, handbooks and databases may be consulted to effectively answer background questions. The library also has many ebook collections which you can check out on the Downloading eBooks Research Guide.

Library Resources

NOVA Libraries - search journals books and databases here

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Physical Therapy Resources



PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 25,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible. All trials on PEDro are independently assessed for quality. These quality ratings are used to quickly guide users to trials that are more likely to be valid and to contain sufficient information to guide clinical practice. PEDro is produced by the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at The George Institute for Global Health.

Free Online Resources

National Guidelines Clearinghouse
A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from more than 100 institutions and organizations. It is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans.

Professional Organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association may post relevant evidence based medicine reviews or practice guidelines based on ebm reviews on their Web sites.

At least some of these will be picked up by the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

BestBets answers to very specific clinical problems, using the best available evidence.  Each topic answers a carefully worded 3-part question, using a structured approach to finding and reviewing the literature.  BETs are designed specifically for Emergency Medicine.