Usage evaluation of a resource to support evidence-based physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)

Tarcísio F. Campos*, Paula R. Beckenkamp, Anne M. Moseley

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objectives: The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) is a free, web-based database of reports of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. The objective of this study was to describe the usage of PEDro over a 2-year period, including the number of visits and searches performed, the number of countries and territories from which users accessed PEDro, and amount of usage from each country.

Design: Survey of web-site and database log files.

Main outcome measures: Usage of the PEDro home-page (www.pedro.org.au) and the search function were logged for a 2-year period. Visit and search data were used to calculate the number of visits and searches each month. Domain data were used to calculate the total number of countries accessing PEDro and the amount of usage from each country and territory.

Results: The PEDro home-page received 921,181 visits from 205 countries and territories in 2010 and 2011, with 3,350,740 new searches performed. On average, a new search was initiated every 19. seconds. The highest usage was from the United States of America (15%), Australia (13%) and Brasil (8%). Highest normalised usage was from Peru (255 searches/physiotherapist), Chile (154) and Columbia (90), and from Australia (19,883 searches/million-population), New Zealand (13,267) and Switzerland (11,361).

Conclusions: There was substantial use of the PEDro resource by the global physiotherapy community during 2010 and 2011. The provision of the PEDro search function in languages other than English may enhance accessibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-257
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiotherapy (United Kingdom)
Volume99
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • bibliographic
  • databases
  • internet
  • PEDro
  • physical therapy specialty
  • usage statistics

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