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Table 2 Competency question responses from the pre- and post-course surveys (0 - not competent to 10 - very competent)

From: Survey analysis to determine the impact of evidence informed practice education upon East Asian medicine faculty clinical instruction and students’ skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors within a master’s degree program

Question Pre-EIP course^
n = 657
Post-EIP course^
n = 524
Difference^ Variability explained by
Student Class
Ability to describe evidence-informed practice (EIP) 4.6 (4.5 to 4.8) 7.9 (7.7 to 8.1) 3.3 (3.1 to 3.5)* 15% 1%
Ability to distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of different types of “evidence” 4.9 (4.8 to 5.1) 8.0 (7.8 to 8.2) 3.1 (2.9 to 3.3)* 26% 1%
Ability to describe fundamental principles of research 4.7 (4.5 to 4.9) 7.9 (7.7 to 8.1) 3.2 (3.0 to 3.5)* 24% 2%
Ability to efficiently find and retrieve research evidence that is relevant to your courses, assignments and clinical work 5.7 (5.5 to 5.9) 8.5 (8.3 to 8.6) 2.7 (2.5 to 3.0)* 24% 2%
Ability to critically evaluate whether or not a research study is well-done 5.1 (5.0 to 5.3) 8.0 (7.8 to 8.2) 2.9 (2.6 to 3.1)* 31% 3%
Ability to critically appraise the trustworthiness of other forms of evidence 5.3 (5.1 to 5.4) 8.0 (7.8 to 8.2) 2.7 (2.5 to 3.0)* 37% 2%
Ability to integrate research evidence into coursework and assignments 5.6 (5.4 to 5.7) 8.1 (7.9 to 8.3) 2.5 (2.3 to 2.8)* 27% 2%
Effectively apply relevant research evidence in clinical practice, in conjunction with patient preferences and clinical expertise 4.9 (4.7 to 5.0) 7.9 (7.7 to 8.1) 3.0 (2.8 to 3.3)* 25% 2%
Effectively use research evidence to communicate with others 5.2 (5.0 to 5.4) 7.9 (7.8 to 8.1) 2.7 (2.5 to 3.0)* 30% 2%
Identify ways to effectively participate in research in one’s field 4.0 (3.9 to 4.2) 6.9 (6.7 to 7.1) 2.9 (2.6 to 3.1)* 44% 0%
Ability to customize a clinical encounter by taking into account individual patient preferences and presentation 5.1 (4.9 to 5.2) 8.1 (7.9 to 8.3) 3.0 (2.8 to 3.2)* 33% 1%
Ability to recognize the strengths and limitations of experience (individual and professional) 5.5(5.4 to 5.7) 8.1 (7.9 to 8.3) 2.5 (2.3 to 2.7)* 42% 1%
  1. ^mean (confidence interval)
  2. *p-value < 0.05