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Table 3 Difference in GP attitudes about Chiropractors and Osteopaths: ordinal response questionsa (n = 630)

From: An indication of current views of Australian general practitioners towards chiropractic and osteopathy: a cross-sectional study

Survey question Strongly agree Agree Totalb Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Totalc Differenced (95 % CI) p   Non-respondersi
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “Chiropractic treatment could benefit some of my patients.” 43 (7) 167 (28) 210 (35) 146 (24) 139 (23) 112 (19) 397 (65)     23
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “Osteopathic treatment could benefit some of my patients.” 46 (7) 160 (26) 206 (34) 201 (32) 107 (17) 97 (16) 405 (66) −1 (−3–5) 0.74   19
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “They (chiropractors) have provided useful and/or meaningful correspondence with me about co-management of patients.” 16 (4) 63 (14) 79 (18) 74 (17) 138 (31) 156 (34) 368 (82)     183
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “They (osteopaths) have provided useful and/or meaningful correspondence with me about co-management of patients.” 19 (7) 50 (17) 69 (24) 68 (24) 62 (21) 90 (31) 220 (76) −6 (−13– –4) < 0.01*   341
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “I would like to have a better professional relationship with the local chiropractor(s).” 26 (5) 107 (18) 133 (23) 213 (36) 143 (24) 104 (17) 460 (77)     37
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “I would like to have a better professional relationship with the local osteopath(s).” 28 (5) 117 (20) 145 (25) 236 (40) 116 (19) 95 (16) 447 (75) −2 (−5–1) 0.18   38
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “The ongoing media coverage surrounding chiropractic has made it difficult to understand the role of the chiropractor in health care.” 39 (7) 125 (22) 164 (29) 211 (37) 137 (23) 65 (11) 413 (71)     53
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “The ongoing media coverage surrounding osteopathy has made it difficult to understand the role of the osteopath in health care.” 23 (4) 62 (11) 85 (15) 301 (52) 138 (23) 57 (10) 496 (85) 14 (11–17) < 0.01*   49
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “There is a growing body of evidence available on the efficacy of chiropractic treatment.” 19 (3) 41 (7) 60 (10) 140 (24) 189 (33) 185 (33) 514 (90)     56
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “There is a growing body of evidence available on the efficacy of osteopathic treatment.” 9 (2) 56 (9) 65 (11) 228 (40) 141 (24) 143 (25) 512 (89) −1 (−3–2) 0.67   53
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “Chiropractic education in Australia is primarily evidence based.” 9 (2) 34 (6) 43 (8) 133 (23) 165 (29) 236 (41) 534 (93)     53
To what extent do you agree with the following statement: “Osteopathic education in Australia is primarily evidence based.” 5 (1) 51 (9) 56 (10) 233 (40) 116 (20) 173 (30) 522 (90) −2 (−5–1) 0.04*   52
  Very know-ledgeable Know-ledgeable Some knowledge Totale Not very much knowledge No knowledge Totalf Differenced (95 % CI) p   Non-respondersi
How would you rate your knowledge of chiropractic and its mechanism of treatment? 52 (9) 149 (24) 261 (43) 462 (76) 127 (21) 18 (3) 145 (24)     23
How would you rate your knowledge of osteopathy and its mechanism of treatment? 33 (5) 87 (14) 221 (36) 341 (56) 199 (32.6) 70 (11.5) 269 (44) 20 (16–24) < 0.01*   20
  Very satisfied Satisfied Totalg Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Haven’t communicated enough to respond Totalh Differenced (95 % CI) p Non-respondersi
Are you satisfied with the methods of communication between chiropractors and doctors? 13 (2) 35 (6) 48 (8) 118 (20) 97 (16) 88 (15) 242 (41) 545 (92)    37
Are you satisfied with the methods of communication between osteopaths and doctors? 11 (2) 42 (7) 53 (9) 132 (22) 48 (8) 58 (10) 301 (51) 539 (91) −1 (−3–2) 0.49 38
  1. CI Confidence interval
  2. * p < 0.05
  3. a All figures given as n (%) of total responses to that question except for non-responders
  4. b Total responses recorded as ‘Strongly agree’ and ‘Agree’
  5. c Total responses recorded as ‘Neither agree nor disagree’, ‘Disagree’ and ‘Strongly disagree’
  6. d Difference (%) in Totalb, Totale or Totalg answers respectively for pairs of questions calculated using McNemar’s test for dependent binary data
  7. e Total response recorded as ‘Very knowledgeable’, ‘Knowledgeable’ and ‘Some knowledge’
  8. f Total responses recorded as ‘Not very much knowledge’ and ‘No knowledge’
  9. g Total responses recorded as ‘Very satisfied’ and ‘Satisfied’
  10. h Total responses recorded as ‘Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied’, ‘Dissatisfied’, ‘Very dissatisfied’ and ‘Haven’t communicated enough to respond’
  11. i Figures given as number of non-responders