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Table 2 Final ranked list of priority research sub-themes, showing the percentage of the panel who rated each sub-theme as important in Delphi Round 3, and also showing the median and mean rankings in the final priority setting activity

From: Research priorities of the Canadian chiropractic profession: a consensus study using a modified Delphi technique

Rank Research sub-theme Percentage1 Group Median Rank (Q1-Q3)2 Group Mean Rank (SD)2
1 Health systems research: Integration of chiropractic care into multidisciplinary settings 92% 3 (1.5–5) 3.55 (2.26)
2 Health systems research: Costs and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic care 94% 3 (2–5) 3.57 (1.93)
3 Health systems research: Effect of chiropractic care on reducing medical services 89% 4 (2–5.5) 4.08 (2.06)
4 Clinical research: Effects of chiropractic care 98% 4 (3–6) 4.33 (1.87)
5 Clinical research: Safety and side effects of chiropractic care 87% 5 (3.5–7) 4.98 (2.07)
6 Basic science: General mechanisms and effects of spinal manipulative therapy 85% 5.5 (2.5–7) 4.93 (2.45)
7 Basic science: Neurophysiological mechanisms and effects of spinal manipulative therapy 80% 5.5 (3–7) 5.12 (2.38)
8 Clinical research: Chiropractic care and older adults 80% 5.5 (4–7) 5.43 (1.87)
  1. 1. Percentage of panel rating sub-theme as important in Delphi Round 3
  2. 2. Obtained from the 1000Minds ranking activity of the research sub-themes, the median and mean represents the group median/mean ranking, with 1st (Q1) and 3rd (Q3) quartiles, and standard deviation (SD)