Content Review Guidelines


This page will guide you, step by step, through the process of reviewing a page in Physiopedia.

Before you start:

  1. Read about content review - before you do anything else this week read about the content review process in Physiopedia. 
  2. Familiarise yourself with our quality standards - also make sure that you have read the Quality Standards document so that you are aware of the quality that we expect in all Physiopedia pages.
  3. Remind yourself of literature search techniques - make sure you are familiar with the literature searching process.

Step by step content review

Reviewing the content of a page is done in four steps:

  1. Content review
  2. Literature search
  3. Page layout and presentation
  4. Media and links

Content review

Use your physiotherapy knowledge and experience to ensure that the content represents clinically useful information.  As you read the content of the page, answer the following questions:

  1. Is the content on the page appropriately structured? If not edit the structure.
  2. Is the content comprehensive covering the topic in full? If not add content.
  3. Are there any copyright violations.  If you suspect that some of the content on the page has been plagiarised i.e. copied form somewhere else, copy a section of it and place it into a Google search.  If it is copied you will see it come up in your search.  If there are major copyright violations please let us know.
  4. Is there anything not included on the page that you would like to see? If so add it.
  5. Did you find any errors in the content? If so correct these.
  6. Did you feel the content was current? If not, update with new evidence.
  7. Are any key and recent pieces of research missing from the page? If yes, add them. 

Literature search

Next you should perform a search of the literature to ensure that the content represents the best in current evidenced based information:

  1. Perform a quick literature search on the topic to gather all the most recent evidence.  Read our page on how to perform a quick literature search if you need help.
  2. If you find any recent evidence relating to the topic that you are reviewing that is missing from the page and should be added, you should add it.  See help page on Referencing.

Page layout and presentation

Next you need to ensure that the content on the page is well presented.  Check and improve as appropriate the following things:


Check that the page title is appropriate.  If it isn’t email Rachael Lowe who will change it.

Red Warning Box

If the page has been part of an educational project there may be a red warning box at the top of the page.  This box should be removed if there have not been any edits to that page for the past 3 months (you can see when the last edits were made by clicking on the History link in the navigation bar at the top of the page).

To remove the box:

  • click on Edit Source in the Edit drop down menu.
  • find this bit of code below and remove it! The key here is to remove the text between and including the <div> and </div> tags.
<div class="noeditbox">Welcome to [[Name of project]]. There will be some text here about the project. Please do not edit unless you are involved in this project, but please come back in the near future to check out new information!!</div>

Credit Original Editors

Make sure that the original editor is credited on the page (click the Editors link at the top of the page to see).  See Adding Editors tutorial.

Search Strategy

If the page has a section subtitled “Search Strategy” this entire section is not needed and should be deleted.


The page content should be divided up by appropriate sub-headings. To do this select the text that you want to make a heading and click on the 'Paragraph' drop down list in the editing toolbar.


Bulleted lists can be added by clicking on the 'lists' icon in the editing toolbar or can be added directly to the source code. See formatting help:

  • xx
  • x

Numbered lists can be added by clicking on the 'lists' icon in the editing toolbar or can be added directly to the source code. See formatting help:

  1. xx
  2. x

PubMed Feed

If the page has a section subtitled “PubMed Feed” this entire section is now redundant and should be deleted.


Resources are useful links that will provide good quality further reading and information such as clinical guidelines, evidence based toolkits etc. This shouldn't be a list of journal articles, it is better that clinically relevant information from journal articles is cited in the page content.


Check that the referencing function is being used correctly. There is a special way to add references in Physiopedia. See Adding references tutorial. Once you get the hang of it, it is really very easy. However often people just type out references by hand instead of using the referencing function.  If this is the case you should replace all the hand typed references with the appropriately used referencing function.


All pages should be assigned to appropriate categories which can be viewed at the top of the page.  See the Adding Categories tutorial.


As you work through the page please go ahead and tidy any formatting issues such as sub­headings, bullet points, numbered lists and spacing may all need tidying up. Use the formatting tools that are displayed in the editing toolbar.

Spelling and Grammar

Please check the page for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. This can easily be done using browser extensions such as Spell Checker for Chrome or Grammarly for Chrome.

Adding media and links

A good Physiopedia page has images and video that represent and/or explain the topic.  It also has many links to other pages in Physiopedia to connect all the related pages.

Add media to the page

All pages should have appropriate media (images and videos) added to enhance the page. Copyright free images can be found at wikimedia commons - see Adding Images tutorial. Videos can be found on YouTube or Vimeo - see Adding Videos tutorial.

Make links in the page

If you see any words or strings of text in the page that obviously link to another page in Physiopedia, please make that link. For example, if you see mention of ‘low back pain’ in the text make a link from those words to the 'Low Back Pain' page in Physiopedia. See the tutorial on making links.

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