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Table 3 Factors that might influence a GP’s responses to a questionnaire regarding complementary and alternative medicine

From: Survey based investigation into general practitioner referral patterns for spinal manipulative therapy

Age Family behaviour Personal views
Availability - SMT providers Finances of patient Public/Private sector
Colleagues’ attitudes Gender of provider Space/facilities
Education Liability/legal issues Specialisation
Ethnicity Management (The) State
Evidence Media Status of provider
Experience - in years Practice size Strategic reasons
Familiarity - with SMT Patient preference Time
  1. Factors that might have influenced the questionnaire responses from the GP respondents in this study. The information derives from a previous study that assessed CAM rather than SMT specifically. (Adapted from Hirschkorn & Bourgeault, [43]).