Quality Assurance Strategy

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Introduction

Physiopedia is the largest physiotherapy / physical therapy resource in the world, and supports over 2 million page visits per month. Part of Physiopedia's success lies within its foundation as a wiki page (such as Wikipedia), a style of website which allows user to easily edit and contribute to its content. As such, Physiopedia has evolved into an extensive online encyclopedia where qualified physiotherapists and physiotherapy students, can make contributions in order to continuously promote evidence-based practice.

Physiopedia is dedicated to offering a high quality, content driven pages, for knowledge users, clinicians and researchers alike. Therefore, a quality assurance strategy is necessary to assure a certain level of academic and clinical accountability for Physiopedia content.

The following outlines both quality assurance strategies and quality improvement strategies employed by Physiopedia. A quality assurance (QA) strategy seeks to prevent, detect and correct problems in the quality of services provided to the knowledge users of Physiopedia.[1] A quality improvement (QI) strategy attempts to improve the quality of Physiopedia, through the continuous monitoring and modification of the services being provided.[1]

Quality Standards

Qualifications of Members

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Referencing

References

Integrity

Academic Integrity

Proactive Feedback

Physiopedia Content

Trustees

The Trustees are supported in their governance function by the Advisory Council.

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Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Volunteers

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Topic Specialists

Physiopedia is in the process of developing a volunteer structure for topic specialties. A Physiopedia volunteer with a specialised background will be assigned to one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  • Orthopedics - Cervical and thoracic spine
  • Orthopedics -Upper extremities
  • Orthopedics -Lumbar spine
  • Orthopedics -Lower extremities
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory & Cardiology
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Physiology of pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Women's health
  • Men's health
  • Physiotherapy ethics and guidelines
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Burn management and rehabilitation

Please note that is a dynamic list and is by no means comprehensive at this time. We will be adjusting the topic specialties as the volunteer base grows.

Responding to Feedback

Several methods exist for knowledge users to ask questions and engage with Physiopedia. We encourage knowledge users and volunteers to contact us with updates, required changes or suggestions as to how to make our content better. It is our goal to respond to inquiries by e-mail within 48 - 36 hours and to provide proof of any changes made, in response to their contact (for example - updating or a page, the addition of a reference etc.). Physiopedia does respond to content driven questions or comments, however please note that it not within our capability to respond directly to medical inquiries at this time.

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Other Resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Academies Press (US). Current Quality Assurance and Improvement Strategies; in Best at Home: Assuring Quality Long-Term Care in Home and Community-Based Settings. Feasley JC, Eds. Washington (DC): 1996.