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Table 3 Response frequency and means of Attitudes toward EBP items (Part A of E-BASE)

From: US chiropractors’ attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice: A cross-sectional national survey

Part A Items Strongly Disagree(1) Disagree(2) Neutral(3) Agree(4) Strongly Agree(5) Mean (Range=1-5)
*I am interested in learning or improving the skills necessary to incorporate EBP into my practice 0.9% 2.1% 7.5% 42.8% 46.7% 4.3
*Evidence based practice (EBP) is necessary in the practice of chiropractic 2.1% 3.5% 9.1% 39.6% 45.7% 4.2
*Professional literature (i.e. journals & textbooks) and research findings are useful in my day-to-day practice 0.9% 3.4% 9.6% 53.4% 32.7% 4.1
*EBP improves the quality of my patient’s care 2.1% 4.4% 14.4% 43.2% 35.9% 4.1
*EBP assists me in making decisions about patient care 1.2% 3.7% 10.6% 48.6% 35.9% 4.1
Prioritizing EBP within chiropractic practice is fundamental to the advancement of the profession 2.4% 7.8% 13.3% 39.8% 36.7% 4.0
*EBP takes into account my clinical experience when making clinical decisions 2.3% 14.8% 17.7% 41.5% 23.7% 3.7
*The adoption of EBP places an unreasonable demand on my practice [Note: Item is reverse coded] 14.4%[5] 43.2[4] 29.1%[3] 10.6% [2] 2.7%[1] 3.6
*EBP takes into account a patient’s preference for treatment 5.3% 24.1% 28.5% 27.1% 15.0% 3.2
There is a lack of evidence from clinical trials to support most of the treatments I use in my practice 13.5% 42.2% 17.7% 22.6% 4.0% 2.6
  1. *The sum of the 8 items with asterisks comprises the “Attitudes” sub-score, which ranges from 8-40. See Figure 1 for frequency distribution graph of attitudes sub-scores. These are responses to the question “On a scale ranging from strongly disagree to strongly agree, how would you rate your opinion on the following statements?”