Physiopedia partners with Elsevier to widen access to physiotherapy and physical therapy knowledge

In an exciting new agreement Physiopedia and Elsevier have partnered to collaborate on widening access to physiotherapy and physical therapy knowledge.  Announced today at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, the agreement is part of a wider partnership which will see Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of health and science information, connecting with the community through the world’s largest collaboratively built physiotherapy and physical therapy resource.

As Physiopedias’ premium partner, Elsevier is providing support to this non-profit organisation that will enable development of resources and engagement with the global physiotherapy and physical therapy community.  Working closely with the Elsevier team, Physiopedia will make selected book and journal content available and collaborate with Elsevier’s book and journal authors to share their professional knowledge.

As part of this relationship Elsevier is supporting the development of a new Physiopedia member area which compliments the main open knowledge resource.   At launch the member area will offer an extensive video library of manual therapy techniques and examination tests, quizzes to promote learning as well as other offers from Physiopedia partners.  The members will also have the opportunity to engage with a monthly continuing education and professional development topic that will include free access to related Elsevier journal articles and book chapters, interviews from experts in the topic, directed learning activities, knowledge testing through quizzing and certification of learning.

True to the core of the organisation, Physiopedia’s main knowledge resource, collaboratively developed on a similar wiki platform to Wikipedia, will always remain open with free access to all content.  This new members area will contain resources and tools that cannot be offered on the same open basis but in agreement with their providers have now been made available through this new initiative.

In considering global accessibility Physiopedia is ever aware of the difficulties faced by professionals in resource poor countries in accessing knowledge resources.  With this in mind, they will be offering significant discounts on membership costs to physical therapists in low and middle income countries.

Physiopedia has a booth at the Combined Sections Meeting of the APTA in Las Vegas this week  (Hall G, booth #3018).  Conference attendees are encouraged to visit either organisation in the exhibition halls for an opportunity to win one of five free memberships and to find out more about this opportunity.