ANYONE can put information on the Internet. ANYONE. As a health care provider, you must carefully select and evaluate medical/health information before using it to treat patients or letting it influence how you perform your duties. Use the evaluating sources section of this guide to help you determine the credibility of Web sites. A great final test is to ask yourself, "Would I want myself or someone that I care deeply about to be treated based on this information?" If the answer is "no," don't include such non-credible information in your academic projects either!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information on topics such as data and statistics, diseases and conditions, emergencies and disasters, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and populations, travelers' health, workplace safety and health, and much more. This site contains information appropriate for adults, teens and kids.
Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system. Search for the following physical therapy-related health topics: rehabilitation, surgery and rehabilitation, assistive devices, disabilities, amputees, mobility aids.
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To avoid registering and go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine heart failure).
American Physical Therapy Association
An excellent resource for the PT professional. Includes information on recent research in the field, career information, clinical information, legal notes and much more.
Disability Resources from the U.S. Department of Labor
Access to disability-related information and resources.
How to Try This: Assessments and Best Practices in Care of Older Adults
The Hartford Institute for Geriatrics and the American Journal of Nursing present videos and written information about assessment tools, scales, and measurements used with older adults.
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. NCCIH was formerly known as the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
105 Premier Resources on Sports Injury Recovery
"These resources run the gamut from personal blogs about ligament tears, to research labs studying how to prevent traumatic brain injury in athletic contexts. These sites aren’t listed in any specific order."
PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 28,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
Physical Therapy--The Web Space
A gateway resource for physical therapy professionals that includes links to learning resources and journals.
Physical Therapy Guide from About.com
This guide is created and maintained by a physical therapist on staff at About.com. This site contains both excellent and not-so-excellent resources, so choose carefully.
State of Illinois--Physical Therapy
Information on Physical Therapy professions licensed by the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation.