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Table 4 Sources of information chiropractic orthopedic diplomates use to inform clinical decision-making*( n= 135)

From: Attitudes toward evidence-based clinical practice among doctors of chiropractic with diplomate-level training in orthopedics

  Average ranking (SD)
Traditional knowledge 3.20 (2.46)
Published clinical evidence (e.g. clinical trials) 3.67 (2.56)
Clinical practice guidelines 4.55 (2.73)
Textbooks 5.01 (2.55)
Consulting fellow practitioners or experts 5.47 (2.01)
Personal intuition 5.56 (2.60)
Personal preference 6.53 (2.67)
Published experimental/laboratory evidence (e.g. animal or test tube studies) 6.64 (2.96)
Patient preference 6.98 (2.31)
Trial and error 7.41 (2.53)
  1. *Sources were ranked as most-to-least frequently used (1–10), respectively.