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Table 3 Participant self-reported skills in 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   
Low Low-moderate Moderate Moderate-high High Missing Median (IQR)
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
Identifying precise clinical questions 10 (2.7) 38 (10.1) 138 (36.8) 134 (35.7) 55 (14.7) 0 (0.0) 4 (3,4)
Identifying knowledge gaps in practice 7 (1.9) 20 (5.3) 144 (38.4) 162 (43.2) 42 (11.2) 0 (0.0) 4 (3,4)
Locating professional literature 16 (4.3) 58 (15.5) 104 (27.7) 123 (32.8) 74 (19.7) 0 (0.0) 4 (3,4)
Online database searching 29 (7.7) 81 (21.6) 95 (25.3) 106 (28.3) 64 (17.1) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,4)
Retrieving evidence 26 (6.9) 75 (20.0) 122 (32.5) 99 (26.4) 53 (14.1) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,4)
Critical appraisal of evidence 24 (6.4) 71 (18.9) 126 (33.6) 118 (31.5) 36 (9.6) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,4)
Synthesis of research evidence 40 (10.7) 90 (24.0) 125 (33.3) 90 (24.0) 30 (8.0) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,4)
Applying research evidence to patient cases 21 (5.6) 67 (17.9) 130 (34.7) 127 (33.9) 30 (8.0) 0 (0.0) 3 (3,4)
Sharing evidence with colleagues 25 (6.7) 91 (24.3) 114 (30.4) 100 (26.7) 45 (12.0) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,4)
Using findings from clinical research 24 (6.4) 69 (18.4) 131 (34.9) 119 (31.7) 27 (7.2) 5 (1.3) 3 (2,4)
Using findings from systematic reviews 63 (16.8) 83 (22.1) 120 (32.0) 82 (21.9) 22 (5.9) 5 (1.3) 3 (2,4)
Conducting systematic reviews 182 (48.5) 98 (26.1) 63 (16.8) 15 (4.0) 12 (3.2) 5 (1.3) 2 (1,2)
Conducting clinical research 213 (56.8) 89 (23.7) 43 (11.5) 21 (5.6) 9 (2.4) 0 (0.0) 1 (1,2)
  1. IQR Interquartile range
  2. Figures in bold indicate main response