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Table 3 Healthcare Worker perception of the benefits to humans from animal research

From: Expectations for methodology and translation of animal research: a survey of health care workers

Statement about possible benefits
  Respondent group Nearly always Often Sometimes Not often Almost never
How often do you think that a treatment discovered in animal research works in humans (a direct benefits to humans)?
  Pediatricians 0 12/43 (28%) 21/43 (49%) 7/43 (16%) 3/43 (7%)
  Nurses/RTs 0 22/68 (32%) 35/68 (52%) 10/68 (15%) 1/68 (2%)
How often do you think a discovery in animal research contributes to other evidence that later eventually leads to a treatment for humans (an indirect benefit to humans)?
  Pediatricians 2/43 (5%) 20/43 (47%) 14/43 (33%) 7/43 (16%) 0
  Nurses/RTs 0 24/68 (35%) 36/68 (53%) 8/68 (12%) 0
Is it your impression that animal researchers claim to the public that there are large benefits to humans from their research?
  Pediatricians 4/43 (9%) 18/43 (42%) 17/43 (40%) 4/43 (9%) 0
  Nurses/RTs 15/68 (22%) 34/68 (50%) 17/68 (25%) 2/68 (3%) 0
Some people argue that animal research rarely produces benefits to humans. Do you agree that this is likely?a
   Strongly Agree Agree Uncertain Disagree Strongly Disagree
  Pediatricians 0 7/43 (16%) 5/43 (12%) 23/43 (54%) 8/43 (19%)
  Nurses/RTs 2/68 (3%) 7/68 (10%) 37/68 (54%) 19/68 (28%) 3/68 (4%)
  1. aThere was a statistically significant (p < 0.001) difference in response between pediatricians versus nurses/RTs to the question “Some people argue that animal research rarely produces benefits to humans. Do you agree that this is likely?”