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About Rehabilitation Reference Center

Rehabilitation Reference Center is a comprehensive reference tool designed for rehabilitation clinicians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists at the point of care. It provides relevant, evidence-based information to help support clinical decisions. It is published by EBSCO and made available by license through Dana Medical library at the University of Vermont.

How to Access Rehabilitation Reference Center

  • Go to Dana Medical Library's homepage.
  • Under Find, click Articles & Databases. Scroll down to the Clinical Databases section. Click on Rehabilitation Reference Center.
  • Rehabilitation Reference Center is available throughout the University of Vermont and University of Vermont Medical Center campus.
  • Off-campus access to Rehabilitation Reference Center is restricted to UVM and University of Vermont Medical Center faculty, staff and students. See the Connect from Off Campus link on the Dana Medical Library homepage for more information.
  • Members of the community may access Rehabilitation Reference Center on site at the Dana Medical Library.

Key Components of Rehabilitation Reference Center

  • Clinical Reviews on rehabilitation topics
  • Drug Information provides searchable information on trade and generic drugs, drug classes, drug interactions, dosage and administration
  • Patient Education information, available in English and Spanish, provides clear, printable explanations in lay language
  • Exercise Images that demonstrate and explain rehabilitation exercises
  • Research Instruments, including clinical assessment tools, psychological test and attitude measures
  • Practice Guidelines offer summaries for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • Reference Books
    • AHFS Drug Information Essentials
    • Developing Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy Practice
    • Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention, 4th Ed.
    • Orthopedic & Athletic Injury Evaluation Handbook
    • Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
    • Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations & Techniques, 5th Ed.
  • Health News updates from HealthDay News
  • Links to Nursing Reference Center and DynaMed, other clinical resources from EBSCO

Searching Rehabilitation Reference Center

Rehabilitation Reference Center can be searched either by browsing or by conducting a search on a specific topic. To browse, simply click on the desired source tab above the search box (Diseases & Conditions, Drug Education, etc.) and scroll through the alphabetical list to locate your topic.

To conduct a search in Rehabilitation Reference Center, select either the Basic Search tab or the Advanced Search link. When performing a Basic Search, Rehabilitation Reference Center searches all resources available in the database.

For example, suppose you are looking for information about rehabilitation after hip replacement. From the Rehabilitation Reference Center homepage, select the Basic Search tab (this is the default), and enter "hip replacement" in the search box. Click Search.

A total of 3, 576 results from various sources are displayed in separate tabs below the search box, including 20 Clinical Reviews, 19 Exercise Images, 28 Drug Information summaries, 14 Patient Information pages, 33 Practice Guidelines, 3,185 Journal Articles, 61 Book entries, and 1 Research Instrument. If you select one of the tabs under the search box, you can view results of a specific type only.

Results are sorted according to Relevance, with options available to sort by title or date. Suggestions to narrow your results are offered in a side bar to the left (in this case, Subject: Major Heading, Subject or Publication). If you select another tab for a particular type of content (e.g. Patient Education), you may have new options for narrowing your results (e.g. Age, Gender).

Each result is numbered and the available formats for the result are displayed, such as PDF, HTML Full Text or HTML Full Text with image.

A column to the far right of the search results includes a folder icon for each result. If you want to collect several articles to print or e-mail click on the folder icon for the appropriate articles. To add all items on a page to your folder, click the Add (1-50) icon at the top of the Add Column. After you add articles to the folder, you can click the Folder link on the top of the page and review the items that have been added.

Here is a portion of a Clinical Review that was found in the search for "Hip Replacement":

The Rehabilitation Reference Center Advanced Search option offers many additional search capabilities. You may search on multiple terms in designated fields (e.g. author, title) using the Boolean operators AND OR or NOT, with up to 12 search terms. You can limit your search to specific types of documents (such as Clinical Reviews or Patient Education) or by publication date or source. Additional limits can include peer-reviewed or PDF Full-Text content only.

For more information:

Rehabilitation Reference Center includes many more features and tools than can be described in this short summary. For help with searching Rehabilitation Reference Center or any of the other electronic resources available through the Dana Medical Library, please contact a reference librarian for personalized assistance. We can provide on-the-spot help or set up an appointment for more in-depth instruction.

  • Stop by the Dana Medical Library reference desk, Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Call the reference desk at (802) 656-2201
  • Send an e-mail to a reference librarian at danaref@uvm.edu

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