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Table 5 Information sources used by respondents to inform their clinical decision-making (n = 56)

From: Skills, attitudes and uptake of evidence-based practice: a cross-sectional study of chiropractors in the Swedish Chiropractic Association

Information source Never used n (%) Used a little n (%) Used to a moderate extent n (%) Used a lot n (%) Always used n (%) Missing n (%) Median (IQR)
Published clinical evidence 0 (0.0) 6 (10.7) 21 (37.5) 22 (39.3) 5 (8.9) 2 (3.6) 4 (3,4)
Traditional knowledge 0 (0.0) 5 (8.9) 23 (41.1) 16 (28.6) 11 (19.6) 1 (1.8) 3 (3,4)
Clinical practice guidelines 3 (5.4) 8 (14.3) 17 (30.4) 21 (37.5) 6 (10.7) 1 (1.8) 3 (3,4)
Personal preference 2 (3.6) 10 (17.9) 21 (37.5) 20 (35.7) 3 (5.4) 0 (0.0) 3 (3,4)
Patient preference 1 (1.8) 13 (23.2) 17 (30.4) 19 (33.9) 5 (8.9) 1 (1.8) 3 (2,4)
Personal intuition 7 (12.5) 10 (17.9) 18 (32.1) 18 (32.1) 3 (5.4) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,4)
Fellow practitioners or experts 2 (3.6) 14 (25.0) 24 (42.9) 15 (26.8) 1 (1.8) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,4)
Textbooks 5 (8.9) 11 (19.6) 27 (48.2) 11 (19.6) 2 (3.6) 0 (0.0) 3 (2,3)
Trial and error 2 (3.6) 30 (53.6) 19 (33.9) 5 (8.9) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 2 (2,3)
Experimental/laboratory evidence 28 (50.0) 14 (25.0) 8 (14.3) 3 (5.4) 0 (0.0) 3 (5.4) 1 (1,2)
  1. IQR Interquartile range; main response in bold