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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 = 375)

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

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