Physiopedia Newsletter February 2011

Hello and welcome to the first Physiopedia newsletter of the New Year. 2010 was a great year for Physiopedia and this year we will be focusing on really helping Physiopedia to be THE great physiotherapy and physical therapy resource that the community would like it to become…..


Physiopedia really took off last year, with over half a million visits by 100,000 people from 177 countries we are really beginning to consider that the Physiopedia project has serious potential to become THE physiotherapy and physical therapy resource for out profession. We now have over 800 pages, over 1000 registered editors and are continuing to support various formal educational projects from all over the world.

We can already consider this project a success as it has been successful in many of the ways that other community wikis fail, so this year we will put some muscle into the project and try to implement some of the plans that have been mulling over in the back of our minds for a while now. Look out for new clinical networks, online CE and CPD courses and more involvement from organisations from our physiotherapy and physical therapy community.

If you would like to get involved, join the team or deliver your courses through Physiopedia please get in touch by emailing Rachael.


It’s that time of year again for the largest Physical Therapy conference in the USA. The APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting will take place next week in New Orleans. Rachael Lowe, Elainne Lonnemann and Eric Robertson will be presenting a report on many of the educational projects that took place within Physiopedia last year. So why not go along and join them for their presentation:

Connecting the Classroom and Clinic: Use of an International Collaborative Classroom Wiki – Saturday, February 12 at 1:00pm

New at CSM this year is TechnoPalooza. TechnoPalooza (Booth #437), is a new event designed for CSM attendees to exchange ideas about how interactive technology is shaping the profession. The 5 pavilions within TechnoPalooza include the clinic, the home, education, gaming, and the office/mobile app. When ever she gets a free moment Rachael Lowe will be demonstrating Physiopedia down at the TechnoPalooza booth, so if you’d like to meet Rachael or have a tour around Physiopedia have a look out for her there!

If you’re unable to attend CSM this year Rachael will also be reporting LIVE from CSM via Physiospot. The reporting will start when Rachael arrives at CSM on Thursday morning and from the dedicated page on Physiospot you can keep up with all that is going on (from Rachael’s experience anyway!) and even interact with questions and conversation.

View the event LIVE online here


Have you contributed yet? Everyone has something to contribute to this community resource and like our students do when they contribute to Physiopedia as part of educational assignments, you too can feel good that you have been part of creating the greatest physiotherapy and physical therapy resource.

Our clients are the same the world over, they suffer with the same conditions, they need rehab following the same procedures, we all use the same interventions…. Why don’t we collaborate internationally to produce the documents we need. It will give us more time for patient care! It’s not all about wring articles on conditions, do you have a rehabilitation protocol, clinical guidelines or patient guides that you can share. Go to the Resources section to add them.


Wouldn’t we all like it if research was available to us for free? Physiopedia now offers an opportunity for you to publish your research and make this a reality. The open and collaborative nature of Physiopedia enables you to publish your own research in an easy and accessible way. This is a great way of publicising student work, supporting new researchers and bridging the gap between completing research and publication. Once published it can then be peer reviewed and validated by the community. We are happy for you to publish your original research in Physiopedia, include a summary of your research prior to publication in a peer reviewed journal or publish your student dissertation. Go to the research section to find out more.


Look no further!  This year Physiopedia is planning to add a virtual learning environment where by course providers and presenters will be able to sell their evidence-based courses and presentations online.  The team at Physiopedia has all the expertise to make this happen all you need to do is provide them with your content and wait for the returns to come in.  If you are interested in this opportunity please email Rachael to discuss the details.


If you would like to regularly keep up to date with all that is going on in Physiopedia or would like to connect with us, it is easy to do. Choose your preferred social media application from those below, sign up to our RSS feed, ‘like’ our Facebook page, follow us on Twiiter or join the LinkedIn group to get connected and join the conversation!

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That’s all for now, stay in touch and we look forward hearing from you and meeting with you in the near future!

The Physiopedia Team

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