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To keep you updated on the go, we highlight a free medical app each month!

About App of the Month

Librarian reviewers from Saskatchewan Health Authority and Alberta Health Services consider the audience and purpose of the apps, as well as highlighting additional features:

  • In the ‘Evidence’ section, we assess how easily the user can identify the app’s currency and support from the evidence
  • In the ‘Usability’ section, we assess the organization of information and other usability factors that may contribute to user experience

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.



Version reviewed

Google Play 1.3.0

Device & OS used

Android Motorola E4 Android 7.1.1 (BHS); Galaxy S10 (AJL)

Date of review

December 2, 2020; December 3 2020


Brianna Howell-Spooner & Ashley Jane Leonard

Technician Support Scott Frick













Image Source: Physiopedia, App Store. Retrieved on January 11, 2021 from:

Stated Purpose

"The ultimate reference tool for physiotherapists / physical therapists!”[1]

1] Taken from: Apple store:

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 since they are a not-for profit organization.


  • Physiopedia created articles contain text, video and image-based information, with full reference lists provided.
  • Screening tools are also provided within the app, depending on the topic.





Physiotherapists/physical therapists


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.
Last updated (as per App store listing): November 11, 2020 

Compatible with Android smartphones and tablets. Requires Android OS 5.1 and up.
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)

App Developer

Physiopedia Plus Ltd.

Several partners are listed within the app: Dot.Physio, World Confederation for Physical Therapy, ICRC, Clinically Relevant.

Country of Origin

United Kingdom


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