UMSAZ Rehabilitation Project

Description[edit | edit source]

This project is part of the rehabilitation module at the University of Medical Sciences Arizona.

Project Lead[edit | edit source]

Rhonda Felder

Project Dates[edit | edit source]

May - July 2014

Introduction[edit | edit source]

As a participant in this project you will create a new 'impairment' page within Physiopedia.

Instructions[edit | edit source]

  1. Choose an impairment that you would like to write about
  2. Next you should complete a search of Physiopedia to check that the page you have chosen doesn't already exist in Physiopedia.  Be sure to check all synonyms you can think of for your chosen impairment.  Repeat steps 1&2 until you find a new page to create.  Once you have decided on a topic you are free to get on with working on your page. 
  3. First you will need to sign up for a Physiopedia account so that you can make edits to the site.  You can request an account here.  Once you have requested your account you will receive an email asking you to confirm your email address, please do that by clicking on the link.  Your account will then be activated and you will receive your login details.  This is a manual process and may take a couple of days.  If you do not receive the emails please check your spam folder and if they are not there please contact the course co-ordinator.
  4. When you are all set up with your Physiopedia account you will be given your own profile page on the site (the link to this will be in your joining email).  We recommend that you edit your profile to include your professional information.  Have a go at adding an image and a link.  This is a great way to practice editing and also provides you with a professional profile online to link to from your new page.  See the help tutorials.
  5. By now you should feel comfortable making edits in Physiopedia, now you are ready to work on your page!  Using this template (see adding templates tutorial) should create an evidence based article on the topic that you have chosen.  Basically this means writing about your chosen topic and providing, where possible, the best references/evidence available for the content that you write.  It's just like Wikipedia!  If you need help with editing please read the user tutorials or see tips below for writing guidance.
  6. Once you have completed your page be sure to add it to appropriate categories.  You can do this by clicking on the [C] in the editing toolbar.
  7. When you have completed your new page in Physiopedia you should submit it to your course tutor.

If you have any questions or technical problems please do feel free to email us.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Physiopedia is an online resource that provides evidence based, critically reviewed information for Physiotherapists across the world. It is a collaboratively developed project that is contributed to by physiotherapists all over the world.  With this in mind here are 5 pieces of advice that we hope will give you some confidence about creating a Physiopedia pain article that will be valuable to physiotherapists all over the world!

  1. Look around Physiopedia and work out what articles/pages you like and are more/less likely to engage with. Think about why this is. Is it about the title, the first sentence, layout, use of pictures/videos/presentations or something else?
  2. Be mindful to reference your work and use quotation marks when appropriate. Plagerism is not good academic practice. Use the guidance in the Physiopedia tutorial about referencing. Wherever possible add hyperlinks to your information sources in your text, this will also add credence to you work.  Remember it is your job to be be critically selective about the sources you use. 
  3. The article should be, wherever possible factual, not a piece to direct readers into one conclusion or another. Therefore adopt a neutral tone and voice and present other peoples arguments/references/facts and figures from all perspectives, leaving the final decision to the reader.
  4. If you are concerned about the world seeing your article as your write and edit it, or you are not confident to write straight into Physiopedia, you can compose your article as a word document and transfer it into Physiopedia when you are ready.
  5. A word on word count. This is for you to determine as is most appropriate for your topic and approach. Ideally not a 500 word summary of a topic, but equally not a 3000 essay. Use hyperlinks to other related Physiopedia pages and information sources tactically to help manage your word count and avoid avoid long winded explanations and signpost readers to more information/background reading. Keep in your mind the situation readers are likely to be in when accessing your information - a quick reference point for sit down with a cuppa?

Articles[edit | edit source]

Articles being created as part of this project will be listed here: