Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a series of tutorial pages providing simple guides to the most common activities of Physiopedia readers and authors.  Please note that these tutorials are in development, if you have a question that is not answered here please add it to the Help FAQs page, alternatively you can email us.

For Editors[edit | edit source]

Basics[edit | edit source]

Advanced[edit | edit source]

For Educators[edit | edit source]

To find out more about setting up your project on Physiopedia visit the Step by Step Educators Guide. It includes guidance on:

  • Creating an Physiopedia account
  • Setting up your project page
  • Guidance on the editing process
  • Registering your students
  • Monitoring your student's contributions
  • Assessing your student's contributions

For Students[edit | edit source]

Creating and reviewing pages can be quite a daunting task you can visit the Step by Step Students Guide to help guide you through the process. It covers a range of topics including:

  • Creating a Physiopedia Account
  • How to find your Project Page
  • Setting up your Profile Page
  • How to edit and create pages

For Experts[edit | edit source]

As an Expert there are several ways you can contribute to Physiopedia. You can contribute by reviewing and updating pages as part of the One Page Project or by invitation to our Knowledge Translation Programme following a proven track record of publishing quality evidence-based pages/articles in Physiopedia.  You can read more about contributing as an expert following the links below:

General FAQs[edit | edit source]

What is Physiopedia?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia is a physiotherapy knowledge resource, that all health and rehabilitation professionals will find useful. The content of Physiopedia is driven by experts and represents an evidence-based approach to health care. It is written by physiotherapists for physiotherapists and offers a place to contribute, share, and gain knowledge. As a international collaboration, Physiopedia aims to raise standards of physiotherapy practice all over the world.

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Who is Physiopedia intended for?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia is intended for anyone with an interest in physiotherapy. For physiotherapists and physical therapists, it is a platform to share the most up-to-date physiotherapy and physical therapy knowledge. For educational institutions, it is an opportunity for students to get involved in the development of this valuable global collaborative effort. For researchers, it is a place to easily disseminate research activities and outcomes. For the general public, it’s a comprehensive educational resource that provides information related to physiotherapy.

Who is responsible for creating content on Physiopedia?[edit | edit source]

Editors with physiotherapy expertise volunteer to contribute to different parts of this project. There is a formal team of volunteers who are active in reviewing content.

Who governs activity in Physiopedia?[edit | edit source]

Our Trustees and Advisory Council oversee all activities. Read more about our governance here.

Who can contribute to the content on Physiopedia?[edit | edit source]

If you are a qualified physiotherapist or physical therapist, a student physiotherapist or physical therapist under the guidance of an approved educator or an approved expert clinician from an associated clinical speciality you can apply to become an Editor and make changes directly to Physiopedia articles. To request a Physiopedia editing account, click here.

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Who owns the content on Physiopedia?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia is a charity and a socially responsible community project, it is not owned by anyone. Content on the Physiopedia site is available for reuse under the specific terms of this creative commons license.

Will Physiopedia expand to include languages other than English?[edit | edit source]

We are unable to offer the site in languages alternative to English. The site content is changing all the time and it would not be possible for us to manage these changes in several different language versions of the site.

Do Editors receive payment for their involvement?[edit | edit source]

No. Physiopedia Editors are volunteers. Editors get involved for many different reasons including passion for their subject, the drive to contribute to an important global knowledge resource and the opportunity to increase their reputations in their field of expertise.

How is Physiopedia financed?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia is a charity, we rely on donations from individuals and our partners to keep the site running.

Find out how you can donate

Knowledge-based FAQs[edit | edit source]

What can I do if I notice a spelling mistake or a content inaccuracy on a Physiopedia page?[edit | edit source]

Although we do our best to ensure a high standard of quality control, errors can occur. If you are a qualified physiotherapists, you can request an editing account and fix the discrepancy yourself. You can also inform us directly of the potential error, and we will update the page with the most up-to-date evidence-based information.

Does Physiopedia provide medical advice to individuals?[edit | edit source]

Unfortunately, no. We receive hundreds of requests for help every day, but unfortunately do not have the capacity to answer each medical concern individually.

Does Physiopedia provide access to common rehabilitation outcome measures or clinical tools?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia does not own the copyright for outcome measures or clinical tools. If the licensing details are not available with the outcome measure you will need to contact the original author of the outcome measure or tool to obtain permission to use it.    

If I see a helpful image or video on a Physiopedia page, can I simply copy or download it?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia is careful when obtaining permission to use images or videos. We use open access images or obtain special permission from the original source. Unfortunately, we are unable to help you access or download the image or video, as we do not own the copyright to the material. If the licensing details are not available with the image or video on Physiopedia, you will need to contact the original author to obtain permission to use it.

Content FAQs[edit | edit source]

How reliable is the content on Physiopedia?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia Editors are asked to support their content contributions with the highest level of evidence available, appropriately reference and respect copyright with academic integrity. This makes for an evidence based resource that should be thought of as a secondary source of evidence for your knowledge development.

It is a collaborative effort of the global rehabilitation community, if you see information you think is wrong, it is in your power to correct it. Please apply to become a Editor and make the change yourself, or send us a message and it will be reviewed by an approved Editor.

The content on, or accessible through, Physiopedia is for informational purposes only. Physiopedia is in no way a substitute for professional advice or expert medical services from a qualified healthcare provider. Further, Physiopedia does not recommend or endorse any treatment, institution, professional, physician, product, procedure or other information that may be mentioned on Physiopedia.

How is previously copyrighted information now available?[edit | edit source]

In the spirit of building this collaborative resource, forward thinking institutions have contributed initial content to Physiopedia and released that content from copyright restrictions so that it can be freely shared via Physiopedia. Organisations are not required to pay Physiopedia to participate, and Physiopedia offers no monetary compensation to any organisation for participation.

If you are an organisation with physiotherapy content that you would like to donate to Physiopedia, please get in touch.

How often are Physiopedia pages updated?[edit | edit source]

Given the collaborative, volunteer nature of Physiopedia, there is no schedule for changes and improvements to the pages. As Editors have time, have access to more information, or as evidence emerges, new pages will be created and existing pages will be updated. Hundreds of people are editing Physiopedia and the overall accuracy and comprehensiveness of the site is improving on a daily basis.

Why can’t I edit articles anonymously on Physiopedia?[edit | edit source]

Editing Physiopedia is a professional activity and credit is given by name to any edit that is made on the site. To help minimise inaccuracies and abuse, individuals wishing to edit articles must first be approved to do so. Viewers of Physiopedia, meaning people who are using the information on Physiopedia and not contributing, will not need to log in and their identities will never be exposed publicly by visiting the website. For more see the Physiopedia Privacy Policy.

How is Physiopedia different from other health sites on the Internet?[edit | edit source]

There are several reasons to think of Physiopedia differently to other health information websites:

  1. Physiopedia is a charity where no one makes a financial gain. The only people that benefit form this site are the users of the site.
  2. The content on the website is not static, it is a constantly changing and improving body of work.
  3. Content is written by our professional community of Editors who are qualified physiotherapists or physical therapists, or students under the guidance of an approved educational institution.
  4. The Physiopedia content is free to reuse under this creative commons licence.

How is Physiopedia different from Wikipedia?[edit | edit source]

The founders and editors of Wikipedia, more than anyone, demonstrated the power of collaborative communities to produce a complex information resource. There are unique requirements when dealing with health and medical information and distinct differences between the two sites. They are:

  1. Physiopedia is focused 100% on physiotherapy knowledge, whereas less than 2% of Wikipedia’s content is related to health and medicine.
  2. The Physiopedia content is developed in association with and contributions from top institutions and individuals from the global physiotherapy community.
  3. Physiopedia has an extensive professional networking infrastructure for the clinicians to use in any way they see fit, including collaborating on editing content on the site. In other words, there are clear professional benefits for individuals with the specialised knowledge needed to create Physiopedia content to come to the site and return regularly, regardless of their level of contribution.

Financial FAQs[edit | edit source]

How is the Physiopedia Charity funded?[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia relies on donations. If you value Physiopedia please consider making a small annual contribution. Find out how to donate.

In addition to donations Physioplus provides funding for the Physiopedia project. Physioplus is a premium content area that provides online continuing education and professional development opportunities. The platform contains a variety of online courses and other learning activities and resources, all wrapped up in an innovative personalised learning environment. The annual subscription income from this service contributes to funding the Physiopedia charity.

If I donate to Physiopedia, where does my money go?[edit | edit source]

All money received as a donation goes towards supporting our mission where the main purpose is to:

  1. Maintain the Physiopedia website as a valued, free and open resource for all.
  2. Continually develop and update of the content on the Physiopedia website.
  3. Offer free online courses for Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists.

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Are my donations tax deductible?[edit | edit source]

We are currently registered as a charity in the UK only, all UK based donations qualify for Gift Aid.

How will you use the additional funds, if donations exceed your expectations?[edit | edit source]

In the hopeful situation of additional funds being available we will:

  1. Sponsor individual education - support physiotherapy education for individuals that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity.
  2. Support community education projects - support physiotherapy educational and professional development projects all over the world.

What is the minimum donation?[edit | edit source]

There is no minimum donation, although a regular gift will help us to plan ahead for future cool Physiopedia projects.

Project-based FAQs[edit | edit source]

I am interested in collaborating with Physiopedia. How do I go about stating a project?[edit | edit source]

Great question! Physiopedia is always looking for new collaborative opportunities and content development projects. You can start by contacting us directly with your idea. We also encourage you to take a look at the following Project pages:

Help FAQs[edit | edit source]

I need help editing Physiopedia where should I look?[edit | edit source]

Check out our User Tutorials to find an answer to your question.  If you do not find the answer to your question here you can contact us here.