One way of keeping up-to-date with high quality clinical research relevant to your area of practice is to scan journals. However, with over 3,900 journals publishing physiotherapy research, traditional ways of keeping up-to-date can be costly (e.g., journal subscriptions) and time consuming (e.g., visiting libraries, scanning through journal tables of contents). These traditional methods also make it difficult to filter research based on quality and relevance and, in the life of a busy clinician, these factors can become large barriers to keeping up-to-date with the latest research.
PEDro’s Evidence in your inbox is a solution for busy clinicians wanting to keep up-to-date with research about the effects of physiotherapy interventions. All randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and guidelines relevant to your area of practice are listed in one place, the quality trials is summarised using the PEDro scale, and articles are ordered by type (guidelines, reviews then trials) and trial quality (highest to lowest). Evidence in your inbox is available for 15 different areas of practice: cardiothoracics, continence and women’s health, ergonomics and occupational health, gerontology, musculoskeletal, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, sports, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, chronic respiratory disease, neurotrauma, and whiplash. Every month subscribers to PEDro’s Evidence in your inbox receive an email message containing the latest research for each area of practice they subscribe to. Importantly, subscription is free!
Evidence in your inbox can be used to identify articles to read for the #MyPTArticleOfTheMonth challenge. If you are just starting out, we strongly recommend subscribing to a single feed, then making a point of opening the message each time PEDro is updated. One strategy would be to read the list of titles and decide whether there is something worth reading. Once you have selected an article relevant to your practice, click through to read the abstract and use the hyperlinks provided in PEDro to obtain a full-text copy of the paper. Then read the full paper.
Don’t forget to share your reading with the global physiotherapy community by using the hashtag #MyPTArticleOfTheMonth on Twitter or Facebook.
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