PTBS 51103: Pathology for Physical Therapists

Course Books

Required
Goodman, C., & Fuller, K., Pathology: Implications for the Physical Therapist, Saunders 3rd ed., 2008

Optional
McConnell, T., The Nature of Disease: Pathology for the Health Professions, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2006 or 2007

Kumar V., Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, Saunders, 8th ed., 2009

Defining Your Research Question

Determine and define the clinical problem
· Frame this in a question format as it will help you determine the key concepts: population, intervention and outcome.
Generate a list of keywords using PICO
· Patient or Population (what is the disorder or disease)
· Intervention
· Comparison (if any)
· Outcome (what you are hoping to assess)

Best Bets

PubMed
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text.
PubMed Clinical Queries
Special filters help you to find clinically based articles focused on therapy, diagnosis, etiology, prognosis, clinical prediction guidelines, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, or medical genetics.
Hooked on Evidence
APTA's database of research articles that focus on PT interventions. 
PEDro - Physiotherapy Evidence Database
Contains abstracts of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physical therapy. Most trials have been rated for quality.

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