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AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) reports offer comprehensive, science-based information on common or costly medical conditions and new healthcare technologies and strategies.


This database from Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions. Updates since 2016 are limited. Best used with PubMed. 

PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database)

Physiotherapy Evidence Database contains over 59,000 trials, reviews and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions. 


The PubMed database contains more than 36 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature. It does not include full text journal articles; however, links to the full text are often present when available from other sources, such as the publisher's website or PubMed Central (PMC).


A service made available by the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network in collaboration with the DeGroote School of Medicine's Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact Health Information Research Unit (McMaster University), REHAB+ incorporates the McMasterPLUSTM email alerting system and searchable database of best evidence from the health care literature of particular interest to rehabilitation professionals. New users must register to utilize the search feature.


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Academic Journals (digital subscription through EBSCO): 

Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine (Academic Search Ultimate), full text available 2015 - present

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (Academic Search Ultimate), full text available 2000 - present

Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal (CINAHL), indexed 1995 - present, full text available 2004- 2014

Chiropractic & Manual Therapies (CINAHL), full text available 2005 - present

Fisioterapia Brasil (CINAHL), full text available 2013 - present

Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy (CINAHL), indexed from 1995 - 2012, full text available 2008 - 2012

Journal of Hand Therapy (CINAHL), indexed from 1993 - present, full text available 2012 - 2015

Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (CINAHL), indexed from 1993 - present, full text available 2001 - 2009

Journal of Physical Therapy Education (CINAHL), indexed from 1990 - present, full text available 2004 - 2017

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice (CINAHL), indexed from 1999 - present, full text available 2014 - present

Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics (CINAHL), indexed from 1980 - present, full text 2001 - present (15 month delay)

Physiotherapy Research International (CINAHL), , indexed from 1996 - present, full text from 2000 - present (12 month delay)

Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. (Taylor and Francis Online), full text available 1998 - present

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