Research into the effects of physiotherapy interventions continues to grow at an exponential rate. As a result, the work of maintaining the PEDro and DiTA databases has also increased. To address this, the PEDro partnership has expanded globally and now includes satellite centres that contribute to the development and operations of the PEDro and DiTA databases. This expansion is in addition to the network of volunteer PEDro raters.
The four satellite centres that are currently contributing to the maintenance of the PEDro and DITA databases are PEDro Canada (Université de Sherbrooke), PEDro Norway, PEDro Brazil, PEDro Singapore.
PEDro Canada (Université de Sherbrooke)
Role: Continuous update (living systematic review) of the Diagnostic Test Accuracy database (DiTA), a database that indexes primary studies and systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy studies related to physiotherapy practice. We also plan to expand this review process to include prognostic studies and create a repertoire of clinically useful prognostic tools and/or models.
|Professor Yannick Tousignant-Laflamme, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Yannick is a professor at the School of Rehabilitation at Université de Sherbrooke. His research interests are pain management of musculoskeletal disorders and the personalization of rehabilitation services.
|Assistant Professor Simon Décary, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Simon is an assistant professor at the School of Rehabilitation at Université de Sherbrooke. His research interests are musculoskeletal health, health services, person-centered approach and primary care.
|Mr Christian Longtin, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Christian is a physical therapist and PhD candidate at the Université de Sherbrooke. His research interests are low back pain self-management and effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions.
Role: Assisting with the production of the PEDro database including screening for articles meeting the PEDro criteria for indexing and rating trials.
|Professor Leonardo Oliveira Pena Costa, Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
Leonardo is professor at the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy at Universidade Cidade de São Paulo. His research interests are the methodological features that influence research findings, systematic reviews and clinical trials.
|Professor Luciola da Cunha Menezes Costa, Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, Brazil
Luciola is professor at the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy at Universidade Cidade de São Paulo. Her research interest is epidemiology of musculoskeletal conditions.
|Dr Tiê Parma Yamato, Universidade Cidade de São Paulo, Brazil; The University of Sydney, Australia
Tiê is an assistant professor at the Masters and Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy at Universidade Cidade de São Paulo and Research Fellow at The University of Sydney. Her research interests are epidemiology, implementation and measurement properties of research for the musculoskeletal pain area in children and adolescents.
|Dr Bruno Tirotti Saragiotto, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Bruno is a Senior Lecturer at the Discipline of Physiotherapy at University of Technology Sydney. His research interests are digital health implementation research, systematic review and clinical trials for musculoskeletal conditions.
Role: To lead the training of PEDro raters in Singapore and facilitate the adoption of best available evidence in physiotherapy clinical practice.
|Associate Professor Kwah Li Khim, Singapore Institute of Technology; Singapore Physiotherapy Association, Singapore
Khim is the director of programmes at the Health and Social Sciences Cluster of Singapore Institute of Technology, and Honorary Secretary and Mentor to Education Committee at the Singapore Physiotherapy Association. Her research interests are stroke rehabilitation, evidence-based practice and implementation science.
|Mr John Tan, Singapore General Hospital; Singapore Physiotherapy Association, Singapore
John is the Senior Principal Physiotherapist at Singapore General Hospital and the Chair of Education Committee at the Singapore Physiotherapy Association. His research interest is clinical outcomes for patients following knee arthroplasty.
More information to come.
The PEDro Steering Committee is grateful for these satellite centres and all volunteers involved. We would like you to get to know them too. Over the coming months, we will introduce each of the satellites and the staff that work in them in more detail. We will let you know a bit about each satellite key member’s research interests, and the specific contribution they are making to PEDro or DiTA.
Perhaps you could contribute to an existing satellite centre or start a new satellite centre.