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Growth in the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) and use of the PEDro scale
  1. Mark R Elkins,
  2. Anne M Moseley,
  3. Catherine Sherrington,
  4. Robert D Herbert,
  5. Christopher G Maher
  1. The Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anne M Moseley, The Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, The George Institute for Global Health, PO Box M201, Missenden Road, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia; pedro{at}

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Physiotherapy Evidence Database

In 2010, the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) published an editorial1 about the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro, The editorial described how this freely available bibliographic database directs users to high-quality evidence about the effects of physiotherapy interventions. The growth of PEDro to that time was also described; it was shown that the number of records on the database had doubled every 3.5 years. This exponential growth has continued, and PEDro now indexes reports of over 18 000 randomised trials and 3500 systematic reviews. Since that editorial, growth has occurred in other aspects of PEDro as well.

Growth in accessibility of evidence

For each article retrieved by a search of PEDro, users can access the title, abstract, citation details and, where available, a link to a full-text copy of the article. The range of links to full text has recently been expanded and PEDro now links to full-text versions of papers via PubMed Central, the Maastricht Centre for Evidence Based Physiotherapy, the digital object identifier, PubMed and the publisher. This expansion in the range of links to possible sources of the full-text article improves the likelihood that users can access the evidence they identify when searching PEDro. Access to full text through these links is often free of charge.

Anyone who wishes to keep abreast of new evidence can now elect to receive a monthly update of …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to devising the content, AM and ME analysed the data, ME wrote the first draft and all authors revised the manuscript.

  • Funding PEDro is funded by the Motor Accidents Authority of New South Wales, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (Queensland), the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (Australia), WorkCoverSA (Australia), the Norwegian Electronic Health Library, and the physiotherapy associations in the UK, Afghanistan, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and Thailand. CGM, CS and RH's research fellowships are funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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