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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Subject Guide

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Online Journals

Online Books

Clinical Databases

Study Guides

Literature e-Alerts

A sample of the online books available in rehabilitation include:

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Dutton's Orthopaedic Examination Evaluation and Intervention - Mark Dutton
Publication Date: 2019
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Encyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease - Frank C. Mooren (Editor)
Publication Date: 2012
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Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Walter R. Frontera 
Publication Date: 2019
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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - David X. Cifu 
Publication Date: 2021

To locate all online books available to you, search your local library.

  • 5 Minute Consult

    5 Minute Consult is a point-of-care tool providing information to quickly guide clinicians in diagnosis, treatment, and management of 2,000+ clinical topics. It includes algorithms to decide on lab tests and/or procedures. Also included are videos to help PT staff demonstrate for patients, and customizable patient education handouts.

  • Access Physiotherapy

    This database is a resource for physical therapy students, educators, and those in practice seeking to maintain certification. Leading the next generation of online physical therapy resources, AccessPhysiotherapy features content from leading McGraw-Hill texts, interactive imaging content, exclusive multimedia, and flexible curricular tools.

  • (Primal Pictures) allows you to explore human anatomy in a 3D interactive model. Interact with anatomy by peeling away layers, rotating models, and reconstructing layers back to their original structure. Compare 3D images to MRI slices to aid in diagnosis and management of injuries. includes Systemic Anatomy, Regional Anatomy, Primal Interactive Human: The 3D Real-time Body, Sports Injuries Series, Surgery Series and Specialty Titles.

  • Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination

    Bates’ Visual Guide features head-to-toe and systems physical exam videos with an emphasis on clinical and patient care. These videos show techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine courses. Includes videos showing Communication & Interpersonal Skills to learn and practice the fundamental techniques often demonstrated in clinical encounters—the timeless skills that continually polish as you care for patients.  OSCE Clinical Skills that include videos allowing practice clinical reasoning skills and review for patient exams.

  • Pubmed

    PubMed provides over 23 million citations for biomedical literature, including MEDLINE, life science journals and ebooks.

  • UpToDate (use if on the VA computer network)

    UpToDate is a guided evidence-based, clinical decision-making solution with dynamic and interactive algorithms as well as lab monographs. 
    For remote access use with your UTD username/password. Tip Sheet for CME/Remote Access Registration

Please check with your local library for additional databases in your subject area.

Prepared by professional librarians in the VA Library Network and delivered straight to your inbox, Literature e-Alerts help you stay up-to-date on the latest developments in selected fields, better equipping you to perform your work at VA and serve our nation's Veterans. Upon receipt of the alerts, subscribers will need to work with their local library staff to obtain full-text articles.

Topics of interest include:

  • Prosthetics
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports and Art Therapy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

To sign up to receive these alerts or other of interest on a regular basis, please complete the form found on the National Desktop Library.