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Free bibliographic databases


CIRRIE Database of International Rehabilitation Research

The CIRRIE Database is produced by the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange. International in scope, the center collects bibliographic citations from all areas of rehabilitation.

In addition to indexing from mainstream journals and internet sites, the database has over 30,000 citations. Over 1400 journals are represented, and abstracts are available for most citations.

Searches can be limited by research area, geographic area, language and year. The database covers 1990-present.

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Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is designed to bring together high-quality evidence to inform people providing and receiving healthcare, and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels.

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Guidelines and Guidelines In Practice

These websites summarises clinical guidelines for primary care and supports the implementation of best practice





Provided by the US Education Resource Information Center, ERIC is a database of journal and non-journal literature.

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Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): Clinical practice rehabilitation guidelines

This site contains a database of web-based EBCPGs from recent scientific publications. This database is a teaching and reference tool allowing students and rehabilitation specialists from Allied Health Professions to make informed decisions in choosing an effective intervention for their client.

The Evidence-based practice guidelines



PubMed (otherwise known as Medline) is provided by the US National Library of Medicine. it includes 19 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. 

The broad coverage of the database includes basic biomedical research and the clinical sciences since 1951 including nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences. 

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PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database produced by The Centre of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney.

The database has been developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.

Most trials on the database have been rated for quality to help you quickly discriminate between trials that are likely to be valid and interpretable and those that are not. 

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How to do an advanced search in PEDro



The REHABDATA database contains approximately 69,000 abstracts of books, reports, articles, and audiovisual materials relating to disability and rehabilitation research.

Each abstract includes bibliographic information, a 250-word abstract, and, when appropriate, information regarding the project that produced the document.

The index spans research from 1956 to the present. 



Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action to meet our aim of reducing variations in practice, and improving patient-important outcomes.

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The UK Clinical Research Network

The UK Clinical Research Network was established to support clinical research and to facilitate the conduct of trials and other well-designed studies across the UK.

As part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, UKCRN works towards the development of a world-class infrastructure to support clinical research in the UK.

UKCRN includes current research formally on National Research Register (NRR). 

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TRIP database

The TRIP Database is a clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence. The TRIP Database started in 1997 as a result of the work of the founders (Jon Brassey and Dr Chris Price) in answering clinical questions. They recognised that searching multiple websites separately for relevant information was time-consuming. The creation of the TRIP Database allowed the simultaneous searching of multiple sites, hence speeding up the question answering process. Free registration is available.

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Rehabilitation Measures Database

The Rehabilitation Measures Database was developed to help clinicians and researchers identify reliable and valid instruments used to assess patient outcomes during all phases of rehabilitation.

The database provides evidence-based summaries that include concise descriptions of each instrument’s psychometric properties, instructions for administering and scoring each assessment as well as a representative bibliography with citations linked to PubMed abstracts. Whenever possible, we have also included a copy of the instrument for the users to download or information about obtaining the instrument



WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services, currently listing 1.2 billion items.

The network lets you search the collections of libraries all over the world for books, music CDs and videos.


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In this section we aim to provide our physical therapists with most common websites for evidence based practice.



Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services agency whose mission is to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable.


AGREE (Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation)

This website has instrument that evaluates the process of practice guideline development and the quality of reporting.


Centre for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM)

The CEBM develops, teaches, and promotes evidence-based health care.


EPC Evidence-based Reports

Reports produced by the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).


GRADE (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation)

This website has an approach to grading quality of evidence and strength of recommendations.

This website gives access to quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions.


ICSI Guidelines

EBM guidelines from the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.


National Guideline Clearinghouse

This website provides public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines from AHRQ.


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

This institution is based in the UK and provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.


Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

This is useful for physical therapist to conducts research to provide information about the best available evidence to help patients and healthcare providers make informed decisions.


QUADAS (Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies)

This website gives the physical therapist the tool to assess risk of bias, applicability, and reporting quality when writing systematic reviews.


SORT (Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy)

In this website, the physical therapist will have the knowledge on how to grade evidence as developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians.


Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines

Eight standards for developing rigorous, trustworthy clinical practice guidelines.



Search engine from Kansas University Medical Center.


U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

This website is made by a group of independent panel of primary care providers who are experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine.


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