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Table 3 Physician attitudes toward evidence-based medicine.

From: The nexus of evidence, context, and patient preferences in primary care: postal survey of Canadian family physicians

Survey item Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative
How would you describe your attitude towards the current promotion of EBM? 102 (24) 267 (62) 47 (11) 13 (3) 2 (0)
How would you describe the attitude of most of your colleagues towards EBM? 22 (5) 275 (65) 104 (25) 19 (5) 1 (0)
  Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
The practice of evidence-based medicine improves patient care. 95 (22) 290 (68) 38 (9) 4 (1) 1 (0)
Research findings are useful in the day-to-day management of my patients. 66 (15) 313 (73) 40 (9) 6 (1) 3 (1)
EBM is of limited value in general practice because much of primary care lacks a scientific base. 2 (1) 44 (10) 82 (19) 242 (57) 58 (14)
The adoption of EBM, however worthwhile as an idea, places too great of a demand on my practice. 10 (2) 72 (17) 127 (30) 195 (45) 25 (6)
Consultations on weekends or after-hours can encourage a non-evidence-based treatment or test. 6 (1) 130 (30) 142 (33) 136 (32) 15 (4)
Limited resources encourage non-evidence-based treatment. 34 (8) 213 (50) 87 (20) 88 (21) 8 (2)
The patient profile of my practice does not match the available evidence. 6 (1) 29 (7) 128 (31) 219 (52) 38 (9)
  20% 40% 60% 80% 100%
Overall, at present, what percentage of your clinical practice do you consider to be evidence-based? 23 (6) 113 (27) 177 (43) 96 (23) 3 (1)
  1. Values are numbers (percentages) of respondents.