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Table 3 Respondent self-reported skills in evidence-based practice (n = 332)

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

  1 2 3 4 5 Median (IQR)
Low n (%) Low-moderate n (%) Moderate n (%) Moderate-high n (%) High n (%)
Identifying precise clinical questions 8 (2.4) 29 (8.7) 127 (38.3) 131 (39.5) 37 (11.1) 4 (3,4)
Identifying knowledge gaps in practice 5 (1.5) 20 (6.0) 128 (38.6) 130 (39.2) 49 (14.8) 4 (3,4)
Locating professional literature 16 (4.8) 56 (16.9) 85 (25.6) 99 (29.8) 76 (22.9) 4 (3,4)
Online database searching 28 (8.4) 45 (13.6) 90 (27.1) 93 (28.0) 76 (22.9) 4 (3,4)
Retrieving evidence 26 (7.8) 52 (15.7) 102 (30.7) 94 (28.3) 58 (17.5) 3 (3,4)
Critical appraisal of evidence 26 (7.8) 54 (16.3) 109 (32.8) 109 (32.8) 34 (10.2) 3 (3,4)
Synthesis of research evidence 37 (11.1) 83 (25.0) 110 (33.1) 79 (23.8) 23 (6.9) 3 (2,4)
Applying research evidence to patient cases 16 (4.8) 40 (12.0) 115 (34.6) 128 (38.6) 33 (9.9) 3 (3,4)
Sharing evidence with colleagues 27 (8.1) 71 (21.4) 103 (31.0) 86 (25.9) 45 (13.6) 3 (2,4)
Using findings from clinical research 12 (3.6) 45 (13.6) 129 (38.9) 123 (37.0) 23 (6.9) 3 (3,4)
Using findings from systematic reviews 41 (12.3) 73 (22.0) 108 (32.5) 81 (24.4) 29 (8.7) 3 (2,4)
Conducting systematic reviews 151 (45.5) 91 (27.4) 64 (19.3) 17 (5.1) 9 (2.7) 2 (1,3)
Conducting clinical research 202 (60.8) 76 (22.9) 33 (9.9) 18 (5.4) 3 (0.9) 1 (1,2)
  1. IQR Interquartile range