Help:Frequently Asked Questions
- 1 General FAQs
- 1.1 What is Physiopedia?
- 1.2 Who is Physiopedia intended for?
- 1.3 Who is responsible for creating content on Physiopedia?
- 1.4 Who governs activity in Physiopedia?
- 1.5 Who can contribute to the content on Physiopedia?
- 1.6 Who owns the content on Physiopedia?
- 1.7 Will Physiopedia expand to include languages other than English?
- 1.8 Do Editors receive payment for their involvement?
- 1.9 How is Physiopedia financed?
- 2 Knowledge-based FAQs
- 2.1 What can I do if I notice a spelling mistake or a content inaccuracy on a Physiopedia page?
- 2.2 Does Physiopedia provide medical advice to individuals?
- 2.3 Does Physiopedia provide access to common rehabilitation outcome measures or clinical tools?
- 2.4 If I see a helpful image or video on a Physiopedia page, can I simply copy or download it?
- 3 Content FAQs
- 3.1 How reliable is the content on Physiopedia?
- 3.2 How is previously copyrighted information now available?
- 3.3 How often are Physiopedia pages updated?
- 3.4 Why can’t I edit articles anonymously on Physiopedia?
- 3.5 How is Physiopedia different from other health sites on the Internet?
- 3.6 How is Physiopedia different from Wikipedia?
- 4 Financial FAQs
- 5 Project-based FAQs
- 6 Help FAQs
What is Physiopedia?
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.
Who is Physiopedia intended for?
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?
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?
Who can contribute to the content on Physiopedia?
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.
Who owns the content on Physiopedia?
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?
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?
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?
Physiopedia is a charity, we rely on donations from individuals and our partners to keep the site running.
What can I do if I notice a spelling mistake or a content inaccuracy on a Physiopedia page?
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?
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?
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?
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.
How reliable is the content on Physiopedia?
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?
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?
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?
How is Physiopedia different from other health sites on the Internet?
There are several reasons to think of Physiopedia differently to other health information websites:
- 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.
- The content on the website is not static, it is a constantly changing and improving body of work.
- 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.
- The Physiopedia content is free to reuse under this creative commons licence.
How is Physiopedia different from Wikipedia?
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:
- Physiopedia is focused 100% on physiotherapy knowledge, whereas less than 2% of Wikipedia’s content is related to health and medicine.
- The Physiopedia content is developed in association with and contributions from top institutions and individuals from the global physiotherapy community.
- 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.
How is the Physiopedia Charity funded?
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?
All money received as a donation goes towards supporting our mission where the main purpose is to:
- Maintain the Physiopedia website as a valued, free and open resource for all.
- Continually develop and update of the content on the Physiopedia website.
- Offer free online courses for Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists.
Are my donations tax deductible?
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?
In the hopeful situation of additional funds being available we will:
- Sponsor individual education - support physiotherapy education for individuals that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity.
- Support community education projects - support physiotherapy educational and professional development projects all over the world.
What is the minimum donation?
There is no minimum donation, although a regular gift will help us to plan ahead for future cool Physiopedia projects.
I am interested in collaborating with Physiopedia. How do I go about stating a project?
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: