Librarian reviewers from Saskatchewan Health Authority and Alberta Health Services consider the audience and purpose of the apps, as well as highlighting additional features:
Our complete grading criteria is embedded in the review.
Note: Reviewers are not healthcare professionals and don't appraise the quality of any recommendations within the app. Reviews are not meant as endorsements.
Image Source: Physiopedia, App Store. Retrieved on January 11, 2021 from: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/physiopedia/id1469103307
"The ultimate reference tool for physiotherapists / physical therapists!”
1] Taken from: Apple store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/physiopedia/id1469103307
The Physiopedia app was created so that users of the Physiopedia website could access the content in a mobile compatible way.
It is also a possible revenue stream for physio-pedia.com since they are a not-for profit organization.
Part 1: Editorial committee, content updates, and evidence grading
Editorial volunteers are listed on the Physiopedia website.
Two separate grading systems are used for evaluating the references within entries: one for articles and the other for guidelines. However, it is unclear as to what grading system are being used in these cases, as this information is not mentioned within the app itself. After some investigation, the reviewers concluded that the following grading systems are being used: Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford (1a-5) for peer-reviewed articles; GRADE levels for guideline articles
Part 2: Source and authorship information for 3 entries
Individual authorship and affiliation information is not provided for each Article entry. Having said that, each entry is accompanied by a Reference list, which provides an evidence-based foundation for the Article. In some cases, this Reference list provides links out to full text articles or guidelines.
Organization of information
Searching for information options included using either text-based search bar or a map of the body with clickable circled areas which lead to an organized list of article types.
The app is easy to navigate, and users can browse or search by information – either by a general keyword search or by focusing their search to a particular area of the body.
User Account required: No
Internet connection required for use: Yes
Text search field: Yes
Browsable content: Yes, Entire app is browsable and well organized by navigation tabs, subsections, and categories within each tab.
Advertisements: Yes, occasional pop-up adverts
Pop-up advertisements: Yes
In-app purchases: Yes, In app purchase for the premium subscription option
Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 10 or later. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/physiopedia/id1469103307
Last updated (as per App store listing): November 11, 2020
Compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. Requires Android OS 5.1 and up. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.physiopedia.physiopedia&hl=en_CA&gl=US
Last updated (as per Google Play listing): November 10, 2020
App Store listing: 9.5MB (iOS)
Google Play listing: 5.7M (On device – 9.90MB) (Android)
Physiopedia Plus Ltd.
Several partners are listed within the app: Dot.Physio, World Confederation for Physical Therapy, ICRC, Clinically Relevant.
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