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Searching the Web for Physical Therapy Sources
There is a wealth of valuable information related to Physical Therapy that is freely available on the web. Just remember that information you find on the web needs to be evaluated carefully.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapists
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is a national organization committed to excellence in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy practice, education and research. Fellows of the AAOMPT provide the highest level of musculoskeletal care through advanced manual therapy practice.
American Physical Therapy Association
Information about physical therapy careers, practice, patient care, and advocacy.
National Rehabilitation Information Center
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). They collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR.
Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board
The mission of the Ohio OTPTAT Board is to actively promote and protect the health of Ohioans through effective regulation of the professions of occupational therapy, physical therapy, athletic training, orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics.
Physiotherapy Evidence Database
PEDro has been informing physiotherapy practice for over 21 years. It is a free database of over 50,000 trials, reviews and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions.
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
With more than 500 measures and supported by some of the world's best doctors, clinicians, therapists, and physical medicine and rehabilitation researchers, the Rehabilitation Measures Database (RMD) is the go-to resource for benchmarks and outcomes.
Founded in 1951, they are the sole international voice for physiotherapy. They represent more than 660,000 physiotherapists worldwide, through a 125 member organisation.
How to Evaluate Web Resources
- When was the website last updated?
- Is the information out of date? Is there more recent information about the topic that is available?
- Do the links appear to be working? And, are they related to the topic/s of the website?
- What is the purpose of the information source? Is the information source intended to inform, advocate, sell, slander, etc? Is it ironic (a satire or a parody)? How can you tell what its purpose is?
- How well does the information source relate to your topic? Does it only address one part of your topic, or is it more broadly related? Do you need additional information sources to address different parts of your topic?
- What person or group is responsible for the information in your source?
- Can you find contact information for that person or group?
- Is the author or organization a qualified source, or an expert in their field? What credentials and/or affiliations listed on the source show evidence of authority?
- What type of domain name does the website have (.com, .org., .edu, .gov, .net)? Or, does it have some other domain?
- Who is the intended audience for the information source (student, professional, general etc.)? What helped you decide who the intended audience is?
- Does the information source have a bias? If so, describe the position taken on the issue.
- If is appears the information source has a bias, what is an example of the loaded language that helps you recognize it?
- Are the statements, opinions, and/or statistics given in the information source supported with references?
Need help or more information?
Megan Mamolen, PhD, MLIS
Librarian, Assistant Professor
Office: Library, C-3051c