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Research Literacy for Massage Therapist

How to Read a Scholarly Article (video)

Anatomy of a Research Article - Abstract, Introduction...



Compare the "Hand Pain" research article (from Activity #1 above) and a background article on the subject. To locate a background article, use MedlinePlus or National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

  1. What are some of the differences between the two article types?
  2. Why would you use one versus the other?


Use the ScienceDirect OR PubMed Central database to locate an article on any area of massage that interests you. Remember the article must be a clinical research trial (at least two groups are being compared). 

Fill out the Reading Science worksheet and save it to your computer. 

Submit this worksheet AND a PDF of your article to Dropbox. (You will be submitting TWO items)

Clinical Trials