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Physical Therapy: 2. How to Read an Article

Use this guide as a starting point for your research in the area of physical therapy as well as topics in general health, physiology and kinesiology.

How to Read a Paper


Chapters in this book were originally published as articles in BMJ (British Medical Journal): They are available for free online if you register for a free account at BMJ.

  • The Medline database., 315(7101), 180-3. 
  • Getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about)., 315(7102), 243-6. 
  • Assessing the methodological quality of published papers., 315(7103), 305-8. 
  • Statistics for the non-statistician: Different types of data need different statistical tests., 315(7104), 364-6. 
  • Statistics for the non-statistician: "Significant" relations and their pitfalls., 315(7105), 422-5. 
  • Papers that report drug trials., 315(7106), 480-3. 
  • Papers that report diagnostic or screening tests., 315(7107), 540-3. 
  • Papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research)., 315(7110), 740-3. 

EBM Article Pyramid


Information taken from:

Example of A Systematic Review Article