Health & Medicine : Physical Therapy

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Databases for Physical Therapy


Premier source for information on assistive technology. [more]

CINAHL (Ebsco) Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri,uid&profile=cinahl&defaultdb=cin20

Provides comprehensive coverage of the English language journal literature related to nursing and the allied health disciplines, from 1982 to the present. Material from over 650 journals are included in CINAHL, covering both the nursing literature and the allied health fields such as: Cardiopulmonary Technology, Emergency Services, Health Education, Med/Lab Technology, Medical Assistance, Medical Records, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Social Science, Surgical Technology, and the Physician’s Assistant. Searches can be limited to research articles, nursing journals, etc. [more]

ClinicalKey Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Also Known as: MDconsult ; md consult ; firstconsult ; first consult ; procedures consult ; clinical key
Contains all the of the content formerly found in MDConsult, plus: Over 1000 additional clinical books; Instructional videos for over 300 procedures, including Lumbar puncture, central line insertion, splinting, and much more; Concise, point-of-care information (formerly known as FirstConsult). [more]

MEDLINE (Ovid) Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Citations and abstracts to worldwide biomedical literature including research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and healthcare services. MEDLINE references articles from about 4000 journals published in 70 countries. Evidence-based search filters are available to assist in narrowing results to methodologically rigorous articles. To run a cited reference search on an article found in MEDLINE,copy and paste the PMID article Identifier here. [more]

OT CATS: Occupational Therapy Critically Appraised Topics Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Each CAT represents an attempt to marshal the available research evidence on occupational therapy interventions. CATS, or Critically Appraised Topics, are shorter and less rigorous versions of systematic reviews which have not undergone peer review. From the University of Western Sydney, New South Wales.

PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Clinical trials and systematic reviews on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions published in peer reviewed journals. All items are scored on methodological quality, and search results are ranked by methodological score. From the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. [more]

Physical Education Index Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Physical Education Index includes physical education, sports, dance, recreation, health education, physical therapy, and related subject areas. Coverage includes peer-reviewed journals, report literature, conference proceedings, trade magazines, patents, articles from the popular press, and many other publications. [more]

PubMed Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

The National Library of Medicine’s free article search engine, containing article references from MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, OLDMEDLINE, plus some publisher-supplied and out of scope citations from certain general science and chemistry journals, such as Science and Nature. MU users have enhanced MEDLINE search capabilities available to them in Ovid MEDLINE. MeSH subject indexing is not available for very new citations or for citations older than 1966. To run a cited reference search on an article found in PubMed, copy and paste the PMID article Identifier here. [more]


Literature on physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues as they relate to people with disabilities. Produced by the National Rehabilitation Information Center. [more]

SPORTDiscus with Full Text Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=s3h

Also Known as: sport ; sport discus ; sport database
SPORTDiscus is a full-text database covering sports and sports medicine journals. Subjects covered include biomechanics, drugs, exercise, kinesiology, movement science, nutrition, occupational health and therapy, physical fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation, sports and exercise psychology, coaching and education and sports medicine. [more]


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Other Resources Online

Other Resources Online for Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association

Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Sources

A meta listing of Internet subject guides in the health sciences. Guides are grouped by subject and size.

History of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Health Related Professions (HRP)

A Selected List of Sources in MU Libraries

Medical Breakthroughs reported by Ivanhoe Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

19 channels of medical news, updated daily. News stories from the last week are free; a fee-based alerting service is available as is fee-based access to the 50,000 stories archived since 1995.

MEDLINE Evidence Based Search Filters

Use these links to target methodologically sound, evidence-based journal articles in MEDLINE. Choose from therapeutics, diagnosis, etiology or prognosis; then combine the result with the subject of interest. [more]

New Cochrane Reviews

New and newly revised systematic reviews from the most recent quarterly update to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

Physical Therapy, the Web Space

Professional Registration Licensee Search – Missouri State Board for the Healing Arts

Searchable directory of licensed professionals including medical physicians & surgeons, physical therapists and occupational therapists among others. Search by county, profession, name and/or license number. Includes information on license and discplinary status.

PT World Links

Rehabilitation Measures Database

Also Known as: rehabmeasures ;
Identify and locate tests and research instruments to assess rehabilitation patient outcomes. Search by disease, type of test and more to read descriptions of each instrument, with links to a copy of the actual test in most cases. Searches can be limited to tests which are freely available. Created by the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research and Northwestern University.

Yahoo subject list of Internet resources in Physical Therapy Available only from within the Health Sciences Library.

eBooks / Books

eBooks / Books for Physical Therapy

Systematic Musculoskeletal Examinations Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

A thorough introductory guide to the techniques of the musculoskeletal examination Systematic Musculoskeletal Examinations is a clear, step-by-step learning text and atlas designed to teach essential and foundational skills of musculoskeletal physical assessment. Utilizing concise, easy-to-follow text and hundreds of outstanding photographs, this is an important resource for students, residents in training, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and practicing physicians seeking an organized approach to performing practical, problem-focused musculoskeletal physical examinations.Systematic Musculoskeletal Examinations presents a 3-part learning system: 1. Screening Musculoskeletal Examination (SMSE): rapid assessment of structure and function 2. General Musculoskeletal Examination (GMSE): comprehensive assessment of joint inflammation and arthritis 3. Regional Musculoskeletal Examination (RMSE): focused assessments of structure and function combined with special testing of the shoul

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