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Table 8 Descriptive statistics of organizational characteristics as perceived by individual physical therapists at baseline (n = 122)

From: Using knowledge brokers to facilitate the uptake of pediatric measurement tools into clinical practice: a before-after intervention study

    Factor Loadings
Organizational characteristics: survey items a Mean (SD) b Median Resources Culture Supervisor
I have access to someone within my organization who can help me to interpret or utilize research evidence 6.1 (2.9) 6 0.62 0.34 nil
My organization supports and/or provides ongoing training in the use of standardized measures 6.1 (2.6) 7 0.76 0.21 0.19
Mechanisms exist in my organization that facilitate the transfer of research evidence into my organization 5.2 (2.6) 5 0.85 0.29 0.21
Overall my organization provides adequate resources (financial or personnel) to implement decisions that are based on research evidence 5.0 (2.4) 5 0.78 0.34 0.26
I frequently hear the terms 'research' or 'research evidence' during policy or program planning discussions within my organization 6.2 (2.4) 7 0.31 0.82 0.23
Overall the culture in my organization is one that highly values the use of research evidence in decision-making for program planning 6.6 (2.5) 7 0.37 0.79 0.29
Research evidence is consistently included in the decision-making process related to program planning in my organization 5.5 (2.3) 6 0.41 0.71 0.41
My direct supervisor expects me to include research evidence in decision-making related to program planning 5.5 (2.6) 6 0.28 0.50 0.83
At my organization, resistance to change is a barrier to using research evidence 3.4 (2.5) 3 removed
  1. a Items were scored on a 10-point scale from 1 = 'not at all' to 10 = 'to a great extent'
  2. b Standard deviation of the mean
  3. Factor analysis produced a 3-factor solution explaining 72% of the variance. The final question re: organizational resistance to change was a noisy item with an unexplained variance of 82% and was dropped from the model.