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Table 1 The association between naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioner characteristics and aspects of research

From: The characteristics, experiences and perceptions of naturopathic and herbal medicine practitioners: results from a national survey in New Zealand

Practitioner and practice-related characteristics Using research for validating practice Research impact on practice
Useful
(n = 93)
Not useful
(n = 2)
p-value High/Moderate
(n = 84)
Low
(n = 17)
p-value
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)     
Years of experience 11.1 (9.0) 3.5 (3.5) 0.240 2.7 (1.7) 2.9 (1.3) 0.643
Hours spent on CAM-related training 1.5 (1.1) 1.9 (1.6) 0.403 1.4 (1.1) 2.0 (1.8) 0.205
Hours spent on administrative tasks 2.1 (1.6) 1.5 (1.1) 0.181 2.0 (1.5) 2.0 (1.5) 0.644
Average case-Load per month (all) 31.4 (29.6) 32.2 (29.8) 0.908 31.5 (30.5) 26.0 (23.0) 0.488
  % %   % %  
Age 22-44 36.4 100 0.066 38.1 37.5 0.964
  >44 63.6 0.0   61.9 62.5  
Education diploma 47.3 33.3 0.627 42.9 46.7 0.791
Under-graduate 30.9 40.0   35.7 26.7  
Post-graduate 21.8 26.7   21.4 26.6  
Sufficient skills to conduct research Yes 37.9 50.0 0. 728 37.5 41.7 0.788
No 62.1 50.0 62.5 58.3  
Sufficient skills to Yes 58.0 100 0.396 60.7 52.9 0.552
Interpret research No 42.0 0.0   38.3 47.1