Medical students' knowledge about research methodology and impact of research workshops

AUTHORS : Deka SJ, Moondra AK, Mahanta Putul
DOI No. : 10.31741/ijhrmlp.v5.i2.2019.7

It is an open fact that research is very crucial for the development of society. Despite various studies on the benefits of research, there is no fresh study about students’ familiarity with principles of research methodology and impact of research workshops in the medical education of India. Objectives: In this study, we have aimed to assess undergraduate medical students’ knowledge in principles of research methodology and impact of research workshops and about the factors affecting it. Materials and methods: In this cross-sectional study, we have investigated 100 randomly selected students who were in their basic science stage of medical studies at Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh in the year 2019. To determine knowledge about principles of research, participants filled a validated and reliable pre-texted questionnaire. The distinctive responses of the students, i.e., their answers to the questions on research principles were collected and analyzed. Linear regression models were applied to predict the score of knowledge of the participants. Results: Significant improvement was observed in 82.50% in the mean knowledge score after the workshop and the findings are found to be sensitives (p-value .002). However, the attitude score after the workshop remains the same (63.75%) even after the workshop. Conclusion: Despite the limitations of this study, our findings have highlighted a low to moderate level of knowledge of undergraduate medical students in the principles of research methodology and the important impact of research workshops. These findings can be utilized for future health research planning to improve the situation in the field of medical education, etc.

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