Quality Standards

Introduction

Physiopedia aims to be a clinical reference for student and qualified physiotherapists. The Physiopedia quality standards have been developed on this basis and focus on providing confidence that content meets that quality standards expected of a professional resource.

These quality standards are best practices for content creation, layout and formatting of Physiopedia pages. Editors should attempt to follow these guidelines, though they are best treated with common sense, and occasional exceptions may apply.

Content Guidelines

Content on Physiopedia pages should comply with these guidelines:

  1. Articles are evidence based summaries of a topic and should be written in a clear and concise manner. Large topics should be split into several linked shorter pages.
  2. Relevance to physiotherapy practice should always be included so that learning can easily be applied to clinical situations.
  3. All content should be written in the English language.
  4. All content should use person first language.
  5. All content should be up to date, evidence based and referenced where appropriate (see Referencing Guide).
  6. Internationally agreed professional scope of practice and national codes of conduct (such as those from the APTA, APA and CSP), should be respected at all time.
  7. Copyright policy (Terms and Conditions Section 9) should be followed at all times. Plagiarism is not tolerated.
  8. Always respect the Physiopedia Community Culture.

Page Formatting

The general layout for every page should follow similar formatting rules which can be seen in this template (be sure to also view it in source code to see the code for adding the editors and categories to a page which cannot be seen in normal editing view).

Page Content

It is important to make sure of the following:

  1. Editor credits are displayed under the "Editors" link at the top of the page. See Adding Editors tutorial.
  2. The page is appropriately categorised and these categories are displayed under the "Categories" link at the top of the page. See the Adding Categories tutorial.
  3. The main content for the page is divided into appropriate subheadings and each section should include clear, concise and referenced text, links to related Physiopedia pages, images, videos and bulleted and numbered lists where appropriate.
  4. A resources list can be included and this should be links to documents that will aid understanding and clinical practice, such as guidelines and protocols. Journal articles should not be included here, they should have their take home messages incorporated into the text on the page and clearly referenced.
  5. References are always added at the end of the page. See Adding References tutorial.