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Table 5 Sources of information used to inform clinical decision-making (ranked by most frequent to least frequently used source)a (n = 332)

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

Information source Median (IQR)
Traditional knowledge 3 (1,6)
Clinical practice guidelines 3 (2,6)
Consulting fellow practitioners or experts 4 (3,6)
Published clinical evidence (i.e. clinical trials) 5 (2,8)
Textbooks 5 (3,7)
Personal intuition 5 (3,8)
Patient preference 6 (4,8)
Personal preference 6 (4,8)
Trial and error 8 (6,9)
Published experimental/laboratory evidence 9 (6,10)
  1. IQR Interquartile range
  2. aSources were ranked from 1 = most frequently used, to 10 = least frequently used