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Table 3 Comparison of barriers to use of treatment guidelines between family doctors and hospital based physicians

From: Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of clinical practice guidelines: A cross-sectional survey among physicians in Estonia

Statement Family doctors(n = 106) Hospital physicians(n = 285) p Conclusion
There is no time to search for information 2.40 3.39 p < 0.00001 For family doctors, lack of time to search for information is more serious barrier than for hospital physicians
Treatment guidelines are too complicated and it is difficult to find the necessary information 3.4 3.81 0.0003 Finding necessary information from guidelines is more difficult for family doctors
Treatment guidelines are hard to implement in daily practice due to lack of resources in medicine (investigation availabilities etc) 2.99 3.30 0.0117 Lack of resources in medicine is more serious barrier for family doctors compared to hospital physicians
Treatment guidelines are hard to implement in daily practice due to lack of resources of patients (expensive medication etc) 3.09 3.34 0.0340 Lack of resources of patients is the stronger barrier for family doctors
  1. (Response options to the statements: 1 – strongly agree; 2 – somewhat agree; 3 – neither agree nor disagree; 4 – somewhat disagree; 5 – strongly disagree).