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Support for PEDro comes from the Félag Sjúkraþjálfara and Namibian Society of PhysiotherapyRead More
How to optimise PEDro searching video now available in Spanish
We are pleased to announce that the “how to optimise PEDro searching” video is now available in Spanish.
This video explains some of the common errors made by PEDro users which make searching less effective. These include using Boolean operators, using brackets to combine terms, and using non-English characters in text fields. Error messages are now displayed when users make these errors.
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Find out more about PEDro in just 60 seconds in English, Spanish and Portuguese
PEDro is the world’s most complete index of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions. You can find out more about PEDro in just 60 seconds in our new video, which is now available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Some tips for getting older people and people with chronic health conditions more active
The World Health Organisation launched its Global Action Plan on Physical Activity in mid-2018. The Plan was developed in response to much of the world’s population becoming less active despite there being strong evidence that regular physical activity helps prevent and treat many health conditions. In some countries, inactivity levels can be as high as 70%. The Plan aims to reduce physical inactivity by 15% by 2030.
Physical activity levels are lower for some sectors of the population, including people with chronic health conditions and older people. In Australia, for example, only 25% of people aged 65 and older accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most days of the week. As few as 12% regularly undertake strengthening activities (such as lifting weights) and 6% do balance activities (such as lunges or single-leg standing).
Physiotherapists can play an important role in getting older people more active. A recent article in The Conversation provides suggestions on how to encourage older people to meet physical activity guidelines. These include starting small and building up the amount and intensity of activity; using an electronic gadget to help track activity; and, seeking out coaching services, health professionals, organisations or groups for support.
Moving Medicine is a useful resource for clinicians working with people with chronic health conditions. Produced by the Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine in partnership with Public Health England and Sport England, the web-site includes toolkits to help clinicians have a conversation about physical activity with patients for 10 health conditions (e.g., heart disease).
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PEDro update (5 November 2018)
PEDro contains 41,856 records. In the 5 November 2018 update you will find:
- 32,837 reports of randomised controlled trials (31,926 of these trials have confirmed ratings of methodological quality using the PEDro scale)
- 8,354 reports of systematic reviews, and
- 665 reports of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
PEDro update (November 2018)
PEDro was updated on 5 November 2018. For latest guidelines, reviews and trials in physiotherapy visit Evidence in your inbox.
Next PEDro update (November 2018)
The next PEDro update is on Monday 5 November 2018.
Systematic review found that cardiac rehabilitation increases physical activity in coronary heart disease and heart failure
This review aimed to determine the impact of cardiac rehabilitation on physical activity levels of people with coronary heart disease and heart failure. The review included 47 randomised controlled trials (n = 6480 participants; 5825 coronary heart disease, 655 heart failure) that compared cardiac rehabilitation to control interventions. Meta-analysis was undertaken where two or more studies reported the same units of physical activity measurement (45 different measures were used). Outcomes were grouped into short-term (< 12 months) and long-term (> 12 months). 25 studies did not adequately report the description of randomisation, 27 studies had issues with concealment of allocation, and 26 studies did not report blinding of outcome assessment. Participation in cardiac rehabilitation increased the number of steps/day (mean difference 1423 steps, 95% CI 757 to 2089, 5 studies) and energy expenditure (mean difference 878 kcal/week, 95% CI 433 to 1323, 3 studies) in the short-term, plus increased the proportion of patients categorised as being physically active in the short-term (relative risk 1.55, 95% CI 1.19 to 2.02, 9 studies) and long-term (relative risk 1.48, 95% CI 1.19 to 1.83, 5 studies). Pooling from two studies indicated no effect of cardiac rehabilitation on sedentary time (mean difference -10.9 min/day, 95% CI -39 to 17), time spent in light intensity physical activity (mean difference -6.6 min/week, 95% CI -45 to 31), and time spent in moderate intensity physical activity (mean difference 8.5 min/week, 95% CI -1.44 to 18.44). In summary, this systematic review provided moderate evidence that cardiac rehabilitation increases physical activity levels compared with control interventions in people with coronary heart disease and heart failure.
Dibben GO et al. Cardiac rehabilitation and physical activity: systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart 2018;104(17):1394-402
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PEDro “how to” videos
PEDro’s collection of “how to” videos now have more than 81,000 views. Six videos are available in up to 12 different languages. The videos are available in PEDro’s YouTube Channel.
A feature of PEDro which you may not be aware of is saving your search results. After selecting the articles which answer your clinical question, the citation, abstract, PEDro scores and links to full text for each article can be saved using three methods. First, simply copy and paste the information into word processing software. Second, email the results to yourself. Third, save the selected articles. The email and save options are in RIS (Research Information Systems) format, which makes it easy to import your search results into reference management software (like EndNote).
We have produced a video which demonstrates how to select articles, save selected articles and import the saved articles into referencing software. This video is available in English, Portuguese, French, Tamil, Japanese, German, and Italian.
We are pleased to announce that the PEDro how to save search results video is now available in Spanish. PEDro would like to thank Carlos Maximiliano Sánchez Medina who translated and recorded the how to save your search results in PEDro video during a 10-week internship at the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the School of Public Health, The University of Sydney. Carlos is enrolled in a physiotherapy degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico.