B – Research design of articles in Brazilian physical therapy journals

Saragiotto BT, Costa LCM, Oliveira RF, et al. Description of research design of articles published in four Brazilian physical therapy journals. Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy e-pub 2014
(doi: 10.1590/S1413-35552012005000136)

One important step in accessing high-quality clinical research in evidence-based physical therapy is the identification of the research design used and knowing where the research design is ranked in the hierarchy (or levels) of evidence. This article aims to describe the research design used in articles published in Brazilian scientific journals that are relevant to physical therapy or physical medicine and rehabilitation. Journals that are freely available and have high Qualis rankings were evaluated over the most recent 7-year period (2005 to 2011).