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USF Health Libraries

Physical Therapy Library Guide

A guide to physical therapy resources available through the USF Health Sciences Libraries. NOTE: Some resources are available only to members of USF Health.

Define the Question



Select studies that meet your search criteria. 

·     Primary Sources: PubMedMEDLINE (Ovid)Web of ScienceCINAHL

·     GuidelinesUS National Guidelines ClearinghouseNational Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) GuidelinesScottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)Canadian Medical Association Guidelines

·     Evidence-Based Summaries: BandolierClinical Evidence

·     Structured AbstractsEBM Online

·     Systematic ReviewsCochrane Library

·     To search several of the databases simultaneously you can use:

Evaluate the Evidence

Evaluate the evidence to assess the following:

1.     Does the study/evidence address my question?

2.     Is the source reliable?

3.     Is the methodology sound?

4.     Are the results valid?

5.     Does the evidence apply to my patient or population?

Critical Appraisal Worksheets

From the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

·     Systematic Review Critical Appraisal Sheet

·     Diagnosis Critical Appraisal Sheet

·     Prognosis Critical Appraisal Sheet

·     Therapy / RCT Critical Appraisal Sheet

Integrate the Evidence