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Physical Therapist Assistant Resources : Credible Websites

The SIFT Test



Make sure you collect quality, reliable sources.

One way to evaluate information is with the SIFT Test.

  • STOP
  • INVESTIGATE the Source
  • FIND Better Coverage
  • TRACE Claims, Quotes, and Media to the Original Context.

Use the SIFT to determine if your source is credible.

Quality Health Information Online

Below you will find a useful guide to finding quality health information online. The guide discusses search strategies, the best types of websites to utlize, and includes a list of recommended websites. In addition, you will find a handout that describes a detailed strategy for judging the credibility of websites.


Recommended Website Links

It can be difficult to find websites that have reliable information. Your instructors may restrict the types of websites used for a project because it can be difficult to find the author, if the site has been reviewed, or even when it was published. Anyone can add anything to the Internet, so it is best to proceed with caution, especially when researching a health-related topic. Here is a list of sites that contain authoritative information:

Physical Therapy Information Sites

Occupational Outlook: Physical Therapy Assistants

This site has job out look and salary information for physical therapy assistants.


This consumer website provides objective information about thousands of assistive devices. The site does not directly sell anything, but does provide information about manufacturers.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

On this site you can find information about the latest research and programs available for those with disabilities. Click on the "Reports and Resources" link for helpful tools.

General Health Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This site has information about diseases, conditions, and other public health matters.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This site has general information about health conditions, clinical trials, and updates on the latest medical research

Patient Education