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 4 August 2014
  3. PEDro now indexes over 28,000 reports of trials, reviews and guidelines
  4. A major upgrade of PEDro occurred on Wednesday 25 June 2014
  5. Call for help for physiotherapists who can speak Persian or Turkish
  6. Links to latest updates
  7. How to stay informed about PEDro updates
  8. 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 invite PEDro users to nominate randomised trials in physiotherapy for consideration. Please send us the citation details of a trial you consider has had a major impact on the physiotherapy profession. Also tell us why you think the trial is significant. You may nominate more than one trial.

Nominations close on Friday 29 August 2014.

2. PEDro update on Monday 4 August

PEDro is updated once per month, usually on the first Monday of the calendar month. The most recent update of PEDro occurred on Monday 4 August 2014.

PEDro contains 28,042 records. In the 4 August 2014 update you will find:

  • 22,617 reports of randomised controlled trials (21,824 of these trials have confirmed ratings of methodological quality using the PEDro scale)
  • 4,918 reports of systematic reviews, and
  • 507 reports of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines

The next update is scheduled for Monday 1 September 2014.

3. PEDro now indexes over 28,000 reports of trials, reviews and guidelines

We are pleased to announce that over 28,000 reports of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions are now indexed on PEDro.

4. A major upgrade of PEDro occurred on Wednesday 25 June 2014

A major upgrade to the PEDro search function occurred on Wednesday 25 June 2014. You will still be able to search PEDro using the Advanced search, Simple search, and Physiotherapy Choices search, but will need to change how you search in text fields (like the Abstract & Title field on the Advanced search page).

What has changed when searching using text fields:

  • exact match is now the default (eg, searching using the word walk in the Abstract & Title field of the Advanced search will return only those records which contain the word walk)
  • use an asterisk (*) to search for variations at the end of a word (eg, searching using the word parkinson* in the Abstract & Title field of the Advanced search will return records which contain words starting with parkinson, these would include parkinson, parkinson’s and parkinsonism)

What has stayed the same when searching using text fields:

  • use an asterisk (*) to search for variations at the beginning of a word (eg, searching using the word *feedback in the Abstract & Title field of the Advanced search will return records which contain words ending with feedback, these would include feedback and biofeedback)
  • use an @ to search for variations within a word (eg, searching using the word p@ediatrics in the Abstract & Title field of the Advanced search will return records which contain both pediatrics and paediatrics)
  • enclose words in inverted commas to search for a phrase (eg, searching using the phrase “lateral epicondylitis” in the Abstract & Title field of the Advanced search will return records which contain treatment of lateral epicondylitis but not treatment of epicondylitis and pain on the lateral aspect of the arm)

We have revised the PEDro website to incorporate these changes, including the search help page, how to do a simple search video, and how to do an advanced search video. Search help is now available in all 10 languages on the PEDro web-site (English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Portuguese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Korean). The how to do a simple and advanced search videos are now available in English and French (other languages will be made available in the coming months).

This video summarises the changes made to PEDro:

5. Call for help for physiotherapists who can speak Persian or Turkish

PEDro currently indexes 96 in Turkish and 94 in Persian. We are looking for bilingual physiotherapists who can speak Persian or Turkish (plus English) to help us with evaluating these reports. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

6. Links to latest updates

Updates for the 4 August 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:

7. 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

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

The next update of PEDro and “What’s new” is scheduled for Monday 1 September 2014.