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Table 2 Findings on respondents’ experience and knowledge on clinical evidence of acupuncture

From: A survey of evidence users about the information need of acupuncture clinical evidence

Subjects Options Respondent: n (%)
   Postgraduates (95) Non-postgraduatesb (156) Total
Years of experience in acupuncture <5 years 79 (83 %) 49 (31 %) 128 (51 %)
5-10 years 14 (15 %) 46 (29 %) 60 (24 %)
10-20 years 1 (1 %) 25 (16 %) 26 (10 %)
>20 years 1 (1 %) 36 (24 %) 37 (15 %)
Main work related to acupuncture (multiple answers allowed) Clinical treatment 87 (92 %) 141 (90 %) 228 (91 %)
Rehabilitation care 26 (27 %) 45 (29 %) 71 (28 %)
Clinical research 49 (52 %) 85 (54 %) 134 (53 %)
Basic research 17 (18 %) 37 (24 %) 54 (22 %)
Review 12 (13 %) 16 (10 %) 28 (11 %)
Writing SR/MA 9 (9 %) 10 (6 %) 19 (8 %)
Writing clinical guidelines 2 (2 %) 6 (4 %) 8 (3 %)
Acting as a reviewer 0 (0 %) 8 (5 %) 8 (3 %)
Editor 0 (0 %) 1 (0.4 %) 1 (0.4 %)
Others 0 (0 %) 3 (2 %) 3 (1 %)
Papers on acupuncture read per month >10 17 (18 %) 35 (22 %) 52 (21 %)
5–10 25 (26 %) 42 (27 %) 67 (27 %)
1–5 48 (51 %) 76 (49 %) 124 (49 %)
0 5 (5 %) 3 (2 %) 8 (3 %)
Ways of obtaining information on acupuncture (multiple answers allowed) Medical databases 83 (87 %) 130 (83 %) 213 (85 %)
Printed professional journals 21 (22 %) 65 (42 %) 86 (34 %)
Academic meetings 30 (32 %) 82 (53 %) 112 (45 %)
Search engines 40 (42 %) 79 (51 %) 119 (47 %)
Ancient literature bibliographies 38 (40 %) 61 (40 %) 99 (39 %)
Others 1 (1 %) 3 (2 %) 4 (16 %)
Types of studies most commonly read (multiple answers allowed) RCTs 68 (72 %) 104 (67 %) 172 (69 %)
Observational studies 52 (55 %) 75 (48 %) 127 (51 %)
Basic research 37 (39 %) 78 (50 %) 115 (46 %)
Reviews 32 (34 %) 48 (31 %) 80 (32 %)
SRs/MAs 29 (31 %) 63 (0 %) 92 (37 %)
Clinical practice guidelines 25 (26 %) 65 (42 %) 90 (36 %)
Ancient literature 27 (28 %) 61 (39 %) 88 (35 %)
Others 1 (1 %) 3 (2 %) 4 (2 %)
Satisfaction of the information acquired from the literature Very satisfied 1 (1 %) 1 (1 %) 2 (2 %)
Satisfied 56 (59 %) 85 (54 %) 141 (56 %)
Sometimes satisfied 28 (29 %) 54 (35 %) 82 (33 %)
Not satisfied 10 (11 %) 16 (10 %) 26 (10 %)
  1. bNon-postgraduates include clinicians and researchers