Perception, practices towards research and predictors of research career among UG medical students from coastal South India

A cross-sectional study

Harsha H.N. Kumar, S. Jayaram, Ganesh Kumar, J. Vinita, S. Rohit, M. Satish, K. Shusruth, Nitin, A. Akhilesh

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Background : The number of physician scientists worldwide is decreasing. A review of literature suggests paucity of information examining perceptions and practices towards research among medical undergraduate students in India. Hence, this study was undertaken. Objectives : To understand (a) the awareness, skills, perceptions and practices among undergraduate (UG) medical students towards research, (b) the factors responsible for willingness to take up research as a career among the undergraduates. Material and Methods : This is a questionnaire-based qualitative study. This study was conducted in Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. A pre-tested questionnaire examining their awareness, perceptions and practices towards research in medical field was used. Consent was obtained from the Dean of the College and student participation was voluntary. Analysis : The information was analyzed using SPSS version 11. Univariate and Multivariate analyses were done to know the willingness to consider research as a career. Results : A total of 471 students responded giving a response rate of 55.41%. Nearly 70% were aware about research though their level of awareness varied. Various skills of conducting research were known to 47% of the students. Most (76%) were part of a research team mainly as a part of the medical curriculum, a few (8.3%) were confident of research as a career option. The multivariate reveals that those with good skill and students who involved in research in addition to curriculum were more likely to take up research as career option/would continue to do research in future. Conclusions : Good training and student support programs exclusively for research would motivate students to opt for research careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-309
Number of pages4
JournalIndian Journal of Community Medicine
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2009
Externally publishedYes

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Kumar, Harsha H.N. ; Jayaram, S. ; Kumar, Ganesh ; Vinita, J. ; Rohit, S. ; Satish, M. ; Shusruth, K. ; Nitin ; Akhilesh, A. / Perception, practices towards research and predictors of research career among UG medical students from coastal South India : A cross-sectional study. In: Indian Journal of Community Medicine. 2009 ; Vol. 34, No. 4. pp. 306-309.
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