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Table 4 Participant use of evidence-based practice (i.e. number of times each activity was performed over the last month) (n = 375)

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

  1 2 3 4 5   
0 times 1–5 times 6–10 times 11–15 times 16+ times Missing Median (IQR)
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)  
I have read/reviewed professional literature (i.e. professional journals & textbooks) related to my practice 31 (8.3) 214 (57.1) 56 (14.9) 23 (6.1) 32 (8.5) 19 (5.1) 2 (2,3)
I have read/reviewed clinical research findings related to my practice 90 (24.0) 188 (50.1) 38 (10.1) 13 (3.5) 27 (7.2) 19 (5.1) 2 (1,2)
I have used professional literature or research findings to assist my clinical decision-making 57 (15.2) 198 (52.8) 51 (13.6) 14 (3.7) 36 (9.6) 19 (5.1) 2 (2,3)
I have used an online database to search for practice related literature or research 140 (37.3) 142 (37.9) 35 (9.3) 16 (4.3) 17 (4.5) 25 (6.7) 2 (1,2)
I have used professional literature or research findings to change my clinical practice 91 (24.3) 213 (56.8) 28 (7.5) 6 (1.6) 18 (4.8) 19 (5.1) 2 (1,2)
I have used an online search engine to search for practice related literature or research 22 (5.9) 158 (42.1) 97 (25.9) 32 (8.5) 41 (10.9) 25 (6.7) 2 (2,3)
I have consulted a colleague or industry expert to assist my clinical decision-making 81 (21.6) 208 (55.5) 40 (10.7) 6 (1.6) 15 (4.0) 25 (6.7) 2 (2,2)
I have referred to magazines, layperson/self-help books, or non-government/non-education institution websites to assist my clinical decision-making 91 (24.3) 211 (56.3) 32 (8.5) 5 (1.3) 11 (2.9) 25 (6.7) 2 (1,2)
  1. IQR Interquartile range
  2. Figures in bold indicate main response