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Alumni Access Draft: EBM - OT - Free Resources

EBM - Free Resource - OT - CATs

A critically appraised topic (or CAT) is a short summary of evidence on a topic of interest, usually focussed around a clinical question. A CAT is like a shorter and less rigorous version of a systematic review, summarising the best available research evidence on a topic.


EBM - Free Resource - OT - Databases

OTSeeker: Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence

  • Contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist you to evaluate their validity and interpretability.

OT Education Finder – Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

  • An index to the periodicals of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Now  -  1998-present. Membership is required to access the periodicals but individual papers can be purchased and downloaded as pdfs.
  • Information Gateway provides relevant links to evidence-based practice.
  • The "tools and resources" section helps to guide the clinician through the evidence-based practice process.


  • RehabTrials is a registry of randomised controlled trials related to rehabilitation.
  • Populations include people with spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, amputations, and studies with both adults and children.
  • Interventions studied include technology and equipment, pressure garments, cushions, and constraint induced movement therapy.


  • A project of the Centre of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (Cochrane Collaboration), this is a searchable database of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and practice guidelines in physiotherapy.


  • PsycBITE is a free evidence database that catalogues studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment.
  • Types of studies are: systematic reviews, RCTS, non-RCTs, case series, and single case experimental designs.




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