Dear Colleague,
We invite you to participate in an online survey looking at evidence-based practice (EBP) in Australian chiropractic. All responses to this survey remain anonymous.The study is conducted by Dr Norman Stomski, Dr Randy Beck, Dr Simon French, Dr Jeff Hebert, and Dr Bruce Walker.

What is the purpose of the study?
This study seeks to understand chiropractors’ attitudes to EBP, particularly the use of clinical practice guidelines. To date, chiropractors’ views on EBP have not been heard. This is an opportunity for your views on EBP to be recognised.

What is evidence-based practice and how does it inform clinical practice guidelines?
The aim of EBP is to provide practitioners with an efficient means of keeping up-to-date with the ever-increasing amount of health care literature. Clinical practice guidelines extend this concept of EBP by drawing on the “distilled” evidence to provide healthcare practitioners with clinical pathways that describe diagnostic procedures and treatment options. The main purpose of clinical practice guidelines is to achieve better health outcomes by improving the practice of health professionals and providing consumers with better information about treatment options.

What this study involves.
This questionnaire was developed to gather information about chiropractors’ views on EBP and clinical practice guidelines. There are no correct or incorrect answers as we are interested in your opinions and your own experience of EBP and clinical practice guidelines. The questionnaire should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Why have you been asked to participate in this study?
You have been identified as a currently registered chiropractor practising within Australia. We are endeavouring to survey a large number of Australian chiropractors to ensure that we develop a comprehensive understanding of their views towards EBP and clinical practice guidelines.

Possible risks.
There are no anticipated risks.

Possible benefits
You will not benefit directly from participating in the survey, however, your involvement will assist us in developing an understanding of chiropractors’ perceptions of EBP and clinical practice guidelines. This information may be used to inform strategies in teaching EBP and developing clinical practice guidelines.

What happens to the results?
The results of the overall study may be presented at conferences, and they may also be publicized in published articles. An executive summary of the results will be made publicly available on a Murdoch University website.You will not be identified individually in any reports which use material from the survey questionnaire as all responses are anonymous.

Voluntary participation-What happens if I say no?
It is important to understand that your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Choosing to participate, or not participate, will not affect your relationship with the Murdoch University.

What if I have a question about the study?
If you have any questions before, during or after the study, you may contact Dr Norman Stomski at Murdoch University either on (08) 93606038 or N.Stomski@murdoch.edu.au

Ethical Issues.
This project has been approved by the Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any reservation or complaint about the ethical conduct of this research, and wish to talk with an independent person, you may contact Murdoch University’s Research Ethics Office (Tel. 08 9360 6677 (for overseas studies, +61 8 9360 6677) or e-mail ethics@murdoch.edu.au). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully