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OT Seeker

OT Seeker

Note: Since OT Seeker lost its funding in 2016, its database is not comprehensive for recent years.

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions. Most trials have been critically appraised for their validity and interpretability. In one database, OTseeker provides fast and easy access to information from a wide range of sources to inform occupational therapy. 

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

Healthcare-Related Databases

EBP Metasearch

Occupational 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. Note: Due to a loss of funding in 2018, no new guidelines have been added since then.

Professional Organizations such as the American Heart Association, the National Cancer Institute, the American Psychiatric Association or the American Academy of Pediatrics may post relevant evidence based medicine reviews or practice guidelines based on ebm reviews on their Web sites.

At least some of these, prior to late 2018, will be picked up by the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

Some specific organizational guideline links can be found to the left, in the center column of this guide.