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PEDro – Physiotherapy Evidence Database

The Centre of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy initiated and now maintains the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and Physiotherapy Choices (the consumer interface for PEDro).

The Centre’s mission is to maximise the effectiveness of physiotherapy services by facilitating the clinical application of the best available evidence. The Centre believes that “effective physiotherapy is people-centred, prevention-focused, safe and technically proficient, based on the best evidence available, and managed efficiently”.

PEDro is a free database of reports of 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 guide users to trials that are more likely to be valid and to contain sufficient information to guide clinical practice.

Physiotherapy Choices is a database designed for use by consumers of physiotherapy services, including patients, their friends and families, health service managers, and insurers. The database provides a catalogue of research evidence of the effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions.

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Last reviewed: November 2012

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