The purpose of this study was to examine research trends in physical therapy through analysis of articles published at the 2015 World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress. A total of 1,339 were analyzed (presentations: 346, posters: 993). The number of papers per subject area, number of oral presentations and posters, and the number of moderator nations and regional publications were analyzed by subject area. The mean and standard deviation was used for statistical analysis.
Of 1,339 items published, the musculoskeletal spine was the most common theme, with 89. Among oral presentations, 24 had cardiorespiratory themes; among poster presentations, themes related to the elderly were the most common, at 76. Eleven moderators were from Australia, and the most frequent regional source of papers was Japan, with 238. The 2015 WCPT Congress published papers in a variety of subject areas; Australia and the UK presented many papers, but Japan had the most of any region, at 238.