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Table 2 Respondent attitudes toward evidence-based practice (n = 332)

From: An investigation of Australian osteopaths’ attitudes, skills and utilisation of evidence-based practice: a national cross-sectional survey

  1 2 3 4 5 Median (IQR)
Strongly Disagree
n (%)
Disagree
n (%)
Neutral
n (%)
Agree
n (%)
Strongly Agree
n (%)
Professional literature (i.e. journals & textbooks) and research findings are useful in my day-to-day practice 3 (0.9) 21 (6.3) 31 (9.3) 194 (58.4) 83 (25.0) 4 (4,5)
EBP assists me in making decisions about patient care 1 (0.3) 17 (5.1) 26 (7.8) 188 (56.6) 100 (30.1) 4 (4,5)
I am interested in learning or improving the skills necessary to incorporate EBP into my practice 1 (0.3) 13 (3.9) 27 (8.1) 168 (50.6) 123 (37.0) 4 (4,5)
EBP is necessary in the practice of osteopathy 4 (1.2) 14 (4.2) 33 (9.9) 164 (49.4) 117 (35.2) 4 (4,5)
EBP improves the quality of my patient’s care 2 (0.6) 30 (9.0) 49 (14.8) 151 (45.5) 100 (30.1) 4 (4,5)
There is a lack of evidence from clinical trials to support most of the treatments I use in my practice 10 (3.0) 64 (19.3) 74 (22.3) 142 (42.8) 42 (12.7) 4 (3,4)
Prioritizing EBP within osteopathic practice is fundamental to the advancement of the profession 9 (2.7) 32 (9.6) 48 (14.5) 141 (42.5) 102 (30.7) 4 (3,5)
EBP takes into account my clinical experience when making clinical decisions 12 (3.6) 83 (25.0) 64 (19.3) 115 (34.6) 58 (17.5) 4 (2,4)
EBP takes into account a patient’s preference for treatment 21 (6.3) 110 (33.1) 81 (24.4) 90 (27.1) 30 (9.0) 3 (2,4)
The adoption of EBP places an unreasonable demand on my practice 36 (10.8) 163 (49.1) 76 (22.9) 49 (14.8) 8 (2.4) 2 (2,3)
  1. EBP Evidence-based practice, IQR Interquartile range