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Databases for Physiotherapy

Use the databases below to:

  • find references to journal articles
  • keep up to date with the latest publications in your subject

Some databases require your Cardiff University network username and password for off-campus access. These databases are available for all staff and students of Cardiff University but because of licensing restrictions they are not available to external members and visitors.

You can also access databases through Electronic Resources - MetaLib

Database guides are available to help you.


AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
Produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. Covers a selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine. Subjects covered include:

  • Complementary medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Podiatry
  • Palliative care 

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CINAHL - Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature

Provides coverage of virtually all English-language nursing and allied health publications along with the publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing.

The database also provides access to healthcare books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of professional practice, educational software and audiovisual materials in nursing.

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DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects)

High quality systematic research reviews of the effects of health care interventions.

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Health Management Information Centre (HMIC)

UK focus on health management and services, community care; planning and design of health service buildings; people with disabilities and elderly people.

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Medline via Ovid
Contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and in 70 other countries.

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A service from the National Library of Medicine. Provides access to over 11 million citations from medical and life science journals through MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE and other related databases.

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Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane reviews represent the highest level of evidence on which to base clinical treatment decisions. In addition to Cochrane reviews, the Cochrane Library provides other sources of reliable information, from other systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials - all the current evidence in one single environment.

The Cochrane Library databases comprise:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR)
  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED)

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Includes over 14,000 scholarly journals in scientific, medical, technical, and social science disciplines. Coverage goes back selectively to 1966.

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Identifies evidence based healthcare resources on the internet, including peer reviewed journals and e-textbooks.

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Web of Knowledge

Web of Science
This service provides access to the Web of Science databases:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index

Covers over 8,500 scholarly research journals, including author abstracts, from 1981 to the present. Searchable by keyword or by works that have been cited by other publications.

Also includes the ISI Journal Citation Reports for the Sciences and Social Sciences. To access the Reports, login to Web of Science and select the ISI Journal Citation Reports option from the home page. These provide easy access to data so scholarly journals can be compared. Categories include highest impact and most frequently cited journals.

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Zetoc - The British Library's Electronic Table of Contents Service
Contains contents information from approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published every year, across all academic disciplines. Covers the years from 1993 to the present. Updated daily.

You can also set up an alerting service that will email you the contents of new issues of your favourite journals. See the Alert Guide for more information.

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More databases are available via HOWIS (NHS Wales Network)