Abbiamo ricevuto nei giorni scorsi notizie dall'Università di Sidney. Ci informano del nuovo indirizzo a cui è possibile collegarsi per consultare il database di PEDro, oltre che della presenza di ulteriori importanti contributi (linee guida) che rendono sempre più utile e interessante la consultazione di quest'enorme archivio specificamente dedicato alla riabilitazione.
Un'altra importante novità è rappresentata dalla possibilità di consultare le pagine principali in diverse lingue, tra cui l'italiano.
Ricordandovi che la banca dati si aggiorna con il contributo volontario dei valutatori sparsi in tutto il mondo, non possiamo che, così come potrete leggere direttamente più sotto, invitarvi a partecipare attivamente al progetto.
Qui di seguito la comunicazione ricevuta con l'allegato relativo.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy
Developers of PEDro, The Physiotherapy Evidence Database
School of Physiotherapy
University of Sidney
PO Box 170, Lidcombe NSW 1825
AUSTRALIA

phone: (612) 93 51 95 47
fax: (612) 93 51 92 78
email: PEDro@fhs.usyd.edu.au
visit PEDro at http://www.pedro.fhs.usyd.edu.au

Dear President, Associazione Italiana Fisioterapisti
I am writing to you on behalf of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy regarding the promotion of the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) to your members.

As you may be aware, PEDro is a free internet database containing randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. The URL is http://www.pedro.fhs.usyd.edu.au. PEDro was developed to give physiotherapists rapid access to research evidence needed for clinical decision making. All randomised controlled trials are rated for methodological quality using a specially-designed scale (the PEDro scale). Physiotherapists can visit the PEDro web-site and use powerful, user-friendly search strategies to obtain bibliographic details and author abstracts of all relevant guidelines, reviews, and trials, ranked according to methodological quality.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy provides PEDro as a free service to physiotherapists and consumers of physiotherapy services. The Centre does not receive income of any kind from PEDro.

PEDro relies on support from volunteer physiotherapists to search the literature for clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials in physiotherapy and, after participating in a training program, rate trials for methodological quality. In this way, the profession's collective expertise is used to ensure that all relevant trials, reviews and guidelines in each area of physiotherapy practice are represented on PEDro.

In May 2003 there were two significant changes to PEDro. First, we added evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to PEDro. Second, our web-site moved to http://www.pedro.fhs.usyd.edu.au.

We have prepared a short article about the changes to PEDro (see attached). Would it be possible to include this in the next newsletter for your members? If you would like an electronic copy of the article, please do not hesitate to email me amoseley@mail.usyd.edu.au.

Thank you for assisting to promote PEDro to your members.

Yours sincerely

Anne Moseley – Rehabilitation Studies Unit (University of Sidney, Australia)

The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) has moved and added clinical practice guidelines

The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) is a freely available, internet-based database of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials in physiotherapy. Since being launched in October 1999, PEDro has continued to expand and now contains over 650 systematic reviews and over 3,750 randomised controlled trials. Every day over 430 users search the PEDro database for the best available evidence to assist clinical decision-making as well as for teaching and research purposes.

A unique feature of the PEDro database is that nearly all the randomised controlled trials are rated for methodological quality using the PEDro scale. Information about the PEDro scale is available via the "questions" link on the PEDro home-page. The ratings are used to rank the search results, to quickly guide users to trials that are likely to be valid and to have sufficient statistical information to make the results interpretable.

In May 2003 PEDro moved. The new URL for the PEDro database is: www.pedro.fhs.usyd.edu.au. To improve access, the PEDro home-page are now available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Italian, French, German and Arabic.

A new search feature has also recently been added to PEDro. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are now indexed on PEDro. Guidelines are systematically developed statements about the best management of a health condition (eg, stress incontinence) and can be used to guide clinical practice. Only guidelines that are based on a thorough evaluation of the research literature (ie, evidence-based) will be indexed on PEDro. Over 120 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are currently available.

PEDro is currently funded by Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) of New South Wales (NSW), the Physiotherapists Registration Board of NSW, NRMA Insurance and NSW Health. In-kind support is provided by the School of Physiotherapy and the Rehabilitation Studies Unit at the University of Sydney, and from the Rehabilitation and Related Therapies Field of the Cochrane Collaboration.

PEDro also relies on support from volunteer physiotherapists. These volunteers search the literature for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials in physiotherapy and, after participating in a training program, rate trials for methodological quality. If you are interested in supporting PEDro, please contact the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (please use email if you have the choice).

If you have not tried using PEDro, why not try a search on a topic relevant to your clinical practice or research interest? Anyone can visit the PEDro web-site and use the complete database search facilities at no charge.

Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy
School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney,
PO Box 170, LIDCOMBE NSW 1825, Australia
tel: +61 2 93519547
fax: +61 2 93519278
email: pedro@fhs.usyd.edu.au
URL: http://www.pedro.fhs.usyd.edu.au/cebp/