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Table 2 Main purpose for use of information

From: Type, frequency and purpose of information used to inform public health policy and program decision-making

Main purpose for use of information type Internal data and report N (%) Policy, legislation and legal information N (%) Medical/Clinical evidence N (%) Experience, expertise and advice N (%) Academic research evidence N (%) Online information N (%)
Instrumental 192 (53.3) 182 (53.1) 128 (56.1) 148 (44.8) 44 (30.3) 96 (33.0)
Conceptual 107 (30.8) 99 (28.9) 53 (23.2) 118 (35.8) 73 (50.3) 149 (51.2)
Symbolic 48 (13.8) 62 (18.1) 47 (20.6) 64 (19.4) 28 (19.3) 46 (15.8)
Total use (1684) 347 343 228 330 145 291
  1. Pearson Chi square = χ2 (10, n = 1684) = 83.52, p = 0.000.
  2. Note: % given is percentage of column total.