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Table 3 Scores of the candidate items

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

Score   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Mean p (independent-sample T-test)
7.1 Total 6 9 14 17 24 18 18 48 25 72 7.2  
Pc 2 5 1 5 9 7 7 15 11 33 7.6 0.109
NPd 4 4 13 12 15 11 11 33 14 39 7.0  
7.2 Total 19 11 14 15 33 18 23 37 21 60 6.6  
P 9 3 4 5 12 8 8 13 13 20 6.6 0.895
NP 10 8 10 10 21 10 15 24 8 40 6.6  
7.3 Total 3 2 0 4 18 15 9 40 33 127 8.6  
P 1 1 0 0 7 6 5 16 13 46 8.5 0.954
NP 2 1 0 4 11 9 4 24 20 81 8.6  
7.4 Total 2 0 2 4 15 9 12 46 45 116 8.6  
P 1 0 1 1 9 2 1 19 18 43 8.6 0.700
NP 1 0 1 3 6 7 11 27 27 73 8.7  
7.5 Total 1 0 3 9 12 8 14 37 42 125 8.7  
P 1 0 2 2 7 4 8 15 15 41 8.4 0.044
NP 0 0 1 7 5 4 6 22 27 84 8.8  
7.6 Total 1 2 3 6 8 13 16 42 42 118 8.6  
P 1 2 0 2 2 6 5 19 16 42 8.5 0.560
NP 0 0 3 4 6 7 11 23 26 76 8.7  
7.7 Total 17 11 25 17 38 36 20 45 16 26 5.9  
P 11 3 9 7 18 12 7 17 4 7 5.5 0.047
NP 6 8 16 10 20 24 13 28 12 19 6.2  
7.8 Total 3 2 5 8 14 24 21 55 34 85 8.0  
P 2 1 2 3 5 13 6 20 13 30 7.8 0.286
NP 1 1 3 5 9 11 15 35 21 55 8.1  
  1. cP: Postgraduates; dNP: Non-postgraduates, including clinicians and researchers of acupuncture
  2. 7.1 Provide the theoretical basis of acupuncture used for the target disease in background/introduction
  3. 7.2 Provide the style of acupuncture treatment (e.g. traditional Chinese acupuncture, South Korean acupuncture) in background/introduction
  4. 7.3 Provide the diagnostic criteria in methods (TCM syndrome and/or diagnostic criteria of diseases according to Western medicine)
  5. 7.4 Provide types of acupuncture interventions in methods (e.g. type of acupunctures like percussopunctator and needles, and any other intervention like sham acupuncture)
  6. 7.5 Provide details of acupuncture interventions in methods (e.g. number of needles, names of acupoint, depth of puncture, relevant body response, needling manipulation, time for needle retention, types of needles)
  7. 7.6 Provide indicators of effect judgement in methods (e.g. Visual Analogue Scale (VAS))
  8. 7.7 Provide the qualification (e.g. career and other experience) of acupuncture clinicians in methods
  9. 7.8 Provide the follow-up time along with rationality in results