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Table 2 Effect of profession and years since qualification (<5 years, 6–10 years, 11 years and over) on allied health care professionals and complementary health practitioners' beliefs relating to Evidence-based Medicine (EBM)

From: Knowledge and beliefs concerning evidence-based practice amongst complementary and alternative medicine health care practitioners and allied health care professionals: A questionnaire survey

Question Total Disagree (strongly to slightly) with the statement n (%) Agree (strongly to slightly) with the statement n (%) P value
Years since qualification     
I find original work confusing     
   5 years and under qualified 37 21 (56.7) 13 (35.1)  
   6 – 10 years qualified 33 21 (63.6) 1 (3) 0.02
   11 years and over qualified 66 30 (45.4) 30 (45.4)  
OVERALL 136 72 (52.9) 44 (32.3)  
Clinical judgement more important     
   5 years and under qualified 39 18 (46.1) 21 (53.8)  
   6 – 10 years qualified 36 11 (30.5) 21 (58.3) 0.005
   11 years and over qualified 75 33 (44) 36 (48)  
OVERALL 150 62 (41.3) 78 (52)  
I had good EBM training     
   5 years and under qualified 39 27 (69.2) 12 (30.7)  
   6 – 10 years qualified 34 20 (58.8) 11 (32.3) 0.04
   11 years and over qualified 76 53 (69.7) 15 (19.7)  
OVERALL 149 100 (67.1) 38 (25.5)  
Profession     
EBM is essential for my practice     
   Allied health professionals 112 16 (14.2) 91 (81.2) 0.02
   Complementary health practitioners 60 19 (31.6) 39 (65)  
OVERALL 172 35 (20.3) 130 (75.6)  
I need more training in EBM     
   Allied health professionals 114 12 (10.5) 98 (85.9) 0.05
   Complementary health practitioners 66 8 (12.9) 58 (93.5)  
OVERALL 180 20 (11.1) 156 (86.7)  
  1. Total = total number of respondents with complete responses
  2. n = number of responses
  3. % = percentage of total with complete responses
  4. Data missing from some respondents for each item due to incomplete responses
  5. Only significant differences reported.