What’s new

This page lists the changes made to PEDro in the last internet update.

  1. Quest to identify the 15 most significant trials in physiotherapy
  2. PEDro update on Monday 1 September 2014
  3. PEDro searching tip
  4. Links to latest updates
  5. How to stay informed about PEDro updates
  6. Next update of PEDro and “What’s new”

1. Quest to identify the 15 most significant trials in physiotherapy

In October 2014 the PEDro database will have its 15th anniversary. The Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy has decided to recognise this occasion by identifying 15 of the most significant randomised trials in physiotherapy ever published.

We invited PEDro users to nominate randomised trials in physiotherapy for consideration. Nominations closed on Friday 29 August 2014.

2. PEDro update on Monday 1 September

PEDro is updated once per month, usually on the first Monday of the calendar month. The most recent update of PEDro occurred on Monday 1 September 2014.

PEDro contains 28,299 records. In the 1 September 2014 update you will find:

  • 22,799 reports of randomised controlled trials (22,056 of these trials have confirmed ratings of methodological quality using the PEDro scale)
  • 4,990 reports of systematic reviews, and
  • 510 reports of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

The next update is scheduled for Tuesday 7 October 2014 (this is 1 day later than usual because Monday 6 October is a public holiday in Australia).

3. PEDro searching tip

There are 3 ways to search PEDro. Two were designed for health professionals (Simple search and Advanced search) and one was designed for consumers of physiotherapy (Physiotherapy Choices).

The Simple search is currently being used to perform most (about 70%) PEDro searches. The Simple search is a single search box. The Simple search matches the terms typed into this box with words in the title or abstract of all the reports indexed on PEDro.

We encourage PEDro users to try the Advanced search. The Advanced search gives more alternatives for entering search terms and may provide better answers for your clinical questions. There are 13 search boxes:

  • Four boxes search for user defined terms in the either the abstract or title (“Abstract & Title”), author names (“Author/Association”), words in the title (“Title Only”) and words in the journal name (“Source”).
  • Six boxes use drop down lists to define the treatment being evaluated (“Therapy”), the problem being treated (“Problem”), the part of the body being treated (“Body Part”), the main area of physiotherapy (“Subdiscipline”), four specific patient groups (“Topic”: chronic pain, chronic respiratory disease, neurotrauma and whiplash), and the research method of the publication (“Method”).
  • Three numeric fields allow you to specify which year to start your search (“Published Since”), to identify references added since your last search (“New records added since”), and the minimum score on the PEDro scale (“Score at least”).

Users trying the Advanced search for the first time may be interested in watching the “How to do an advanced search” video tutorial, which is currently available in English and French.

4. Links to latest updates

Updates for the 1 September 2014 version of PEDro are now available. You can access them simply by visiting the Updates page of the PEDro web-site. Alternatively, you can use one of the links below:

5. How to stay informed about PEDro updates

There are three ways to be notified when PEDro updates occur:

  1. following PEDro on Twitter – the link is now in the footer of all pages in the PEDro home-page
  2. following PEDro on Facebook – the link is now in the footer of all pages in the PEDro home-page
  3. subscribing to the PEDro email list – please contact us if you would like to be added to this list

6. Next update of PEDro and “What’s new”

The next update of PEDro and “What’s new” is scheduled for Tuesday 7 October 2014.