Meet PEDro Brazil

PEDro satellite centres contribute to developing the PEDro and DiTA databases. Earlier this year the PEDro Steering committee announced the global expansion of the PEDro and DiTA databases and launched the PEDro satellite centres. The four satellite centres that are currently contributing to the maintenance of the PEDro and DITA databases are PEDro Canada (Université de Sherbrooke), PEDro OsloMet, PEDro Brazil, PEDro Singapore. The PEDro Steering Committee is grateful for these satellite centres and all volunteers involved.

This month PEDro introduces PEDro Brazil and the key people working in the satellite centre.

Who are the key people in your PEDro satellite, and what organisation/s are represented by your satellite?
PEDro Brazil is led by Bruno Saragiotto, Tiê Yamato, Leonardo Costa, Luciola Costa at the Universidade Cidade de Sao Paulo. Additionally, PEDro Brazil benefits from the collaboration of dedicated PhD students Junior Fandim, Mariana Leite and Veronica Souza.

What is the role of PEDro Brazil within PEDro?
PEDro Brazil assists with the production of the PEDro database including database searches for clinical trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. PEDro Brazil is also responsible for screening for potentially eligible trials and practice guidelines, using the PEDro Scale to rate trials, processing and coding practice guidelines.

How did your satellite form?
The 4 leaders of PEDro Brazil had previously worked with PEDro during their PhD candidature at the University of Sydney and had volunteered for various PEDro projects. When PEDro moved to the satellite system, the leaders of PEDro Brazil took the opportunity to contribute to PEDro in a different way. PEDro Brazil was formed to contribute to the production of PEDro but also to give the Brazilian physiotherapy community the honour of being part of the most important evidence-based physiotherapy community around the world by becoming volunteer PEDro raters.

What are the benefits of being a satellite for PEDro?
Being a satellite for PEDro brings visibility and credibility. As part of the global PEDro network, the satellite center gains recognition as a trusted source of evidence-based information and research support in the field of physiotherapy. This can attract collaboration opportunities with other international research networks and facilitates access to resources and training provided by PEDro. It also allows PEDro to extend its reach and impact within Brazil, a country with a large and active physiotherapy community that also faces lots of challenges to evidence-based practice.

What are potential areas of development for PEDro Brazil?
We believe the potential areas of development in PEDro Brazil are the engagement and involvement of Brazilian physiotherapists in the PEDro rating process. This could include training Brazilian researchers (including students) to become PEDro raters, thereby strengthening the Brazilian contribution to the PEDro database and promoting a sense of collaboration within the Brazilian physiotherapy community.

Dr Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto
Dr Tiê Yamato
Prof Leonardo Oliveira Pena Costa
Prof Luciola da Cunha Menezes Costa
Junior Fandim
Mariana Leite
Veronica Souza

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