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Table 4 Response frequency and means of Skills in EBP items (Part B of E-BASE)

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

PART B Items Poor (1) (2) (3) (4) Advanced(5) Mean (Range=1-5)
Identifying answerable clinical questions 0.3% 3.0% 18.6% 52.5% 25.6% 4.0
Identifying knowledge gaps in practice 0.4% 3.5% 29.5% 50.0% 16.7% 3.8
Locating professional literature 1.7% 8.6% 25.5% 38.7% 25.5% 3.8
Online database searching 3.7% 12.1% 25.3% 35.2% 23.7% 3.6
Retrieving evidence 3.0% 11.4% 28.5% 38.5% 18.6% 3.6
Critical appraisal of evidence 1.9% 10.6% 31.2% 42.4% 13.9% 3.6
Synthesis of research evidence 3.7% 15.8% 34.6% 36.6% 9.3% 3.3
Applying research evidence to patient cases 1.7% 8.0% 27.2% 48.9% 14.2% 3.7
Using findings from clinical research 1.5% 7.1% 29.1% 47.4% 14.9% 3.7
Sharing evidence with colleagues 4.8% 18.0% 30.6% 33.3% 13.3% 3.3
Using findings from systematic reviews 6.3% 19.2% 30.7% 34.0% 9.8% 3.2
Conducting systematic reviews 17.0% 29.9% 29.9% 18.4% 4.8% 2.6
Conducting clinical research 36.8% 29.5% 20.9% 10.3% 2.5% 2.1
  1. The sum of all 13 items comprises the “skills” sub-score, which ranges from 13-65. See Figure 2 for frequency distribution graph of skills sub-scores. These are responses to the question “On a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being poor and 5 being advanced, how would you rate your skills in the following areas”?