Quality Assessment

Original Editor - Rachael Lowe

Top Contributors - Elaine Lonnemann, Kim Jackson, Evan Thomas and Joshua Samuel  


Physiopedia is a community edited website. All articles on the site are assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they contain appropriate and current information as well as correct formatting.

When assessing the quality of a page you should evaluate each element of the Physiopedia Quality Standards.

Principally the Quality Assessment will:

  1. Ensure that content in the page is revised and updated.
  2. Ensure that the page is tidy and well formatted.
  3. Improve the page with images, videos, resources and links.

Review and Update Content

This is the most important part of the quality assessment - can the content on the page be improved in any way?  To answer this question you should consider the following:

  1. Is there adequate information on the page?  The content on the page should completely inform in relation to the title of the page.
  2. Is the content evidence based?  The information on the page should be supported by evidence where possible, see Referencing Guide.
  3. Is the content up to date? A quick literature search will show if there is more recent information that should be included.
  4. Is there relevance to physiotherapy practice?  Relevance to physiotherapy practice should be included somewhere on the page.

Once you have considered these questions you should edit and update the page to improve it.  See Editing Guide.

Formatting a Physiopedia Page

All Physiopedia pages should be well formatted and easy to read. A recomended page layout is included in the Quality Standards document.  It is often useful to work through the folowing to tidy a page:


Check that the page title is appropriate.  If it isn’t, email Rachael Lowe who will change it.

Red Warning Box

When a page has been created as part of a student project there may be a red box at the top of the page that protects the page from edits during the project. This box should be removed if there have not been any edits to that page for the past 3 months (you can see when the last edits were made by clicking on the History tab). Do this in the wikitext (click on wikitext to edit in the wikitext itself), find this bit of code below and delete it! The key here is to remove the text between and including the <div> and </div> tags.

<div class="noeditbox">Welcome to [[Name of project]]. There will be some text here about the project. 
Please do not edit unless you are involved in this project, but please come back in the near future to 
check out new information!!</div>
Credit Original Editors

The original editor is the first person to contribute significant content to the page, this person can be identified by looking at the page history - click the History tab. They are credited with a link to their profile page in the grey box at the top right of the article.  The wikitext for this box is:

<div class="editorbox">
'''Original Editor '''­ [[User:Username|Username]]

'''Top Contributors''' - {{Special:Contributors/{{FULLPAGENAME}}}}

Note: an example of how this [[User:Username|Name as it will appear in the text]] may look is [[User:Rachael Lowe|Rachael Lowe]]

Search Strategy

If the page has a section subtitled “Search Strategy” this entire section should be deleted.


There is a special way to add references in Physiopedia and you should check that the referencing function is being used correctly. Often people just type out references by hand instead of using the referencing function. If this is the case you should replace all the hand typed references with the appropriately used referencing function. See Adding references tutorial.


All pages should be assigned to appropriate categories. A category looks like this [[Category:Category_Name]] in the wikitext and can be found at the bottom of the page.  To add the page to categories:

  1. click ‘Edit’,
  2. then in the editing box you will see this [C], click on this and a pop up box will appear,
  3. double click on the categories from the list that are appropriate for this page (subcategories are found under the blue categories!!). If you feel it is appropriate to add a category that is not on the list please do this in the pop up box.
  4. click OK when you are done.

Content on a web page is read differently than content on paper.

If format changes are needed then feel free to do it.

Several things to keep in mind for excellent readability

  1. Clear headings
  2. Concise sentences. Get to the point.  
  3. Short paragraphs with white space interspersed
  4. Use sub­headings, bullet points, numbered lists and spacing.
  5. Use Images, graphics and tables.

Improving the Content of a Physiopedia Page

There are several ways that Physiopedia pages can be improved:

  1. Adding media
  2. Adding links
  3. Adding resources
Add media to the page

All pages should have appropriate media (images and videos) added to enhance the page. Copyright free images can be found at wikimedia commons - see Adding Images tutorial. Videos can be found on YouTube or Vimeo - see Adding Videos tutorial

Make links in the page

If you see any words or strings of text in the page that obviously link to another page in Physiopedia, please make that link. For example, if you see mention of ‘low back pain’ in the text make a link from those words to the Low Back Pain page in Physiopedia.  See the tutorial on making links.

Add links to external resources

It is always really useful to add links to external resources that provide further information on the topic.  Make sure that these resources are well produced and evidence based!

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