TABLE 2:

Association between the frequency of use of different diagnostic tests in the primary evaluation of equine colic and the demographics of the veterinary practitioners, from a mixed methods questionnaire of 228 UK practitioners

Diagnostic test used in primary evaluation of equine colicNo. of years graduatedConfidence level of practitioner
Rectal examinationPearson 0.02
P=0.82
(n=224)
Coeff. 0.29**
P<0.01
(n=216)
Abdominal paracentesisPearson 0.06
P=0.36
(n=225)
Coeff. 0.17*
P=0.02
(n=227)
Nasogastric intubationPearson −0.18**
P=0.01
(n=222)
Coeff.0 .010
P=0.88
(n=214)
Haematology and biochemistryPearson −0.01
P=0.93
(n=219)
Coeff. 0.03
P=0.62
(n=211)
Ultrasound examinationPearson 0.01
P=0.87
(n=221)
Coeff. 0.34**
P<0.01
(n=213)
Response to analgesia/treatmentPearson −0.12
P=0.07
(n=223)
Coeff. −0.06
P=0.37
(n=214)
  • Evidence of association was accepted if P<0.05

  • n, number of valid responses; Pearson, Pearson's correlation coefficient; Coeff., Spearman's rank correlation coefficient

  • *P<0.05, **P<0.005