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Table 2 Capabilities and survey participant scores

From: Desired Chinese medicine practitioner capabilities and professional development needs: a survey of registered practitioners in Victoria, Australia

  Capability Mean (SD)
Technical Capabilities (TC)
TC1 Describe human structure and functions & their relevance to CM practice 4.33 (0.79)
TC2 Apply knowledge of Chinese and western medicine principles and diagnosis skills in diagnosis of disease 4.33 (0.89)
TC3 Formulate an appropriate CM prescription 4.75 (0.52)
TC4 Develop specific (individualised) treatment plans 4.73 0.48)
TC5 Diagnose and differentiate diseases/disorders according to both western and CM principles and techniques 4.34 (0.86)
TC6 Formulate a treatment plan including timelines for treatment and review 4.08 (0.85)
TC7 Give nutrition and dietary and preventive medicine advice in terms of CM knowledge for all areas of CM 4.01 (0.94)
TC8 Review and monitor patient's health and modify treatment accordingly 4.43 (0.71)
TC9 Refer to other practitioners, particularly medical practitioners, when appropriate in a timely manner 4.28 (0.86)
TC10 Perform acupuncture treatment and/or prepare and dispense a Chinese herbal prescription 4.76 (0.49)
TC11 Independently acquire technical knowledge about other diseases 4.25 (0.77)
TC12 Modify herbal formulae and/or treatment plan 4.13 (0.94)
Communication Capabilities (CC)
CC1 Appropriately apply Chinese and western medical terminologies 3.93 (0.91)
CC2 Communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals 4.07 (0.86)
CC3 Refer patients to medical and other allied health professionals 4.00 (0.88)
CC4 Communicate effectively with fellow workers 3.99 (0.91)
Response and Sustainable capabilities (RSC)
RSC1 Educate consumers of CM matters in order to promote sustainability 4.04 (0.93)
RSC2 Practise within regulatory/ethical/safety frameworks 4.62 (0.66)
RSC3 Remain financially viable 4.11 (0.96)
RSC4 Identify key business issues & draw on appropriate professional resources 3.75 (1.01)
RSC5 Participate to continue to learn (lifelong learning) 4.37 (0.79)
RSC6 Learn through experience (reflective learning) 4.62 (0.60)
Research and Information Management capabilities (RIMC)
RIMC1 Keep up-to-date with CM research 3.94 (0.88)
RIMC2 Apply knowledge of methodological issues to CM clinical research 3.48 (1.00)
RIMC3 Critically review research publications relevant to CM 3.59 (0.93)
RIMC4 Apply knowledge in ethical issues surrounding CM research 3.67 (0.99)
RIMC5 Develop a research protocol 3.05 (1.09)
RIMC6 Disseminate research outcomes to different audiences 3.21 (1.02)
  1. Note 1: all capabilities were rated on a five-point scale (i.e. 1 = not important; 2 = little importance; 3 = moderately important; 4 = important; 5 = very important)
  2. Note 2: SD: standard deviation