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Table 2 Participant attitudes toward evidence-based practice (n = 375)

From: Attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice among UK osteopaths: a national cross-sectional survey

  1 2 3 4 5  
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree Median (IQR)
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
Professional literature (i.e. journals & textbooks) and research findings are useful in my day-to-day practice 2 (0.5) 28 (7.5) 35 (9.3) 224 (59.7) 86 (22.9) 4 (4,4)
EBP assists me in making decisions about patient care 8 (2.1) 28 (7.5) 36 (9.6) 208 (55.5) 95 (25.3) 4 (4,5)
I am interested in learning or improving the skills necessary to incorporate EBP into my practice 3 (0.8) 29 (7.7) 40 (10.7) 199 (53.1) 104 (27.7) 4 (4,5)
EBP is necessary in the practice of osteopathy 8 (2.1) 36 (9.6) 44 (11.7) 183 (48.8) 104 (27.7) 4 (4,5)
EBP improves the quality of my patient’s care 8 (2.1) 47 (12.5) 60 (16.0) 176 (46.9) 84 (22.4) 4 (3,4)
There is a lack of evidence from clinical trials to support most of the treatments I use in my practice 4 (1.1) 60 (16.0) 67 (17.9) 176 (46.9) 68 (18.1) 4 (3,4)
Prioritizing EBP within osteopathic practice is fundamental to the advancement of the profession 33 (8.8) 59 (15.7) 73 (19.5) 136 (36.3) 74 (19.7) 4 (3,4)
EBP takes into account my clinical experience when making clinical decisions 11 (2.9) 108 (28.8) 84 (22.4) 125 (33.3) 47 (12.5) 3 (2,4)
EBP takes into account a patient’s preference for treatment 20 (5.3) 139 (37.1) 90 (24.0) 85 (22.7) 41 (10.9) 3 (2,4)
The adoption of EBP places an unreasonable demand on my practice 35 (9.3) 181 (48.3) 99 (26.4) 49 (13.1) 11 (2.9) 2 (2,3)
  1. EBP Evidence-based practice, IQR Interquartile range
  2. Figures in bold indicate main response