Self-reported attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice among Canadian doctors of chiropractic: A National survey

André E. Bussières, Lauren Terhorst, Matthew Leach, Kent Stuber, Roni Evans, Michael J. Schneider

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Abstract

Objectives: To identify Canadian chiropractors' attitudes, skills and use of evidence based practice (EBP), as well as their level of awareness of previously published chiropractic clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). Methods: 7,200 members of the Canadian Chiropractic Association were invited by e-mail to complete an online version of the Evidence Based practice Attitude & utilisation SurvEy (EBASE); a valid and reliable measure of participant attitudes, skills and use of EBP. Results: Questionnaires were completed by 554 respondents. Most respondents (>75%) held positive attitudes toward EBP. Over half indicated a high level of self-reported skills in EBP, and over 90% expressed an interest in improving these skills. A majority of respondents (65%) reported over half of their practice was based on evidence from clinical research, and only half (52%) agreed that chiropractic CPGs significantly impacted on their practice. Conclusions: While most Canadian chiropractors held positive attitudes towards EBP, believed EBP was useful, and were interested in improving their skills in EBP, many did not use research evidence or CPGs to guide clinical decision making. Our findings should be interpreted cautiously due to the low response rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-348
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association
Volume59
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Chiropractic
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Survey

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