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Table 4 Participant use of evidence-based practice (i.e. number of times each activity was undertaken within the last month) (n = 332)

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

  0 1 2 3 4 Missing
n (%)
Median (IQR)
0
times
n (%)
1–5
times
n (%)
6–10 times
n (%)
11–15 times
n (%)
16+
times
n (%)
I have read/reviewed professional literature (i.e. professional journals & textbooks) related to my practice 53 (16.0) 159 (47.9) 49 (14.8) 25 (7.5) 33 (9.9) 13 (3.9) 1 (1,2)
I have read/reviewed clinical research findings related to my practice 66 (19.9) 170 (51.2) 42 (12.7) 14 (4.2) 27 (8.1) 13 (3.9) 1 (1,2)
I have used professional literature or research findings to assist my clinical decision-making 43 (13.0) 168 (50.6) 47 (14.2) 22 (6.6) 39 (11.7) 13 (3.9) 1 (1,2)
I have used an online database to search for practice related literature or research 112 (33.7) 124 (37.3) 31 (9.3) 21 (6.3) 27 (8.1) 17 (5.1) 1 (0,2)
I have used professional literature or research findings to change my clinical practice 85 (25.6) 177 (53.3) 27 (8.1) 14 (4.2) 16 (4.8) 13 (3.9) 1 (0,1)
I have used an online search engine to search for practice related literature or research 21 (6.3) 144 (43.4) 67 (20.2) 30 (9.0) 53 (16.0) 17 (5.1) 1 (1,3)
I have consulted a colleague or industry expert to assist my clinical decision-making 49 (14.8) 170 (51.2) 58 (17.5) 18 (5.4) 20 (6.0) 17 (5.1) 1 (1,2)
I have referred to magazines, layperson / self-help books, or non-government/non-education institution websites to assist my clinical decision-making 115 (34.6) 153 (46.1) 31 (9.3) 5 (1.5) 11 (3.3) 17 (5.1) 1 (0,1)
  1. IQR Interquartile range