Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Research among Second Year Undergraduate Medical Students in a Medical College of Telangana, India FC06-FC08
Dr. Sirisha Goli,
Ravindrana, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Introduction: Research experience is important for practice of evidence based medicine among the physicians. It is important to assess the opinion of medical students on research, as it helps us to take necessary measures to motivate them towards research.
Aim: To assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of research among second year undergraduate medical students in Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 120 undergraduate medical students in Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally from December 2018-January 2019. The basic awareness about research was assessed using a validated questionnaire. The basics of research methodology were then taught to these students and improvement in knowledge was assessed after lecture. The attitude of students towards research was also assessed by a questionnaire. The practice of research among the students was then evaluated on a 5 point likert scale.
Results: There was a significant improvement (p<0.05) in the knowledge domain among both boys and girls after the lecture. A total of 76 students had opinion that interest in particular field was driving force for doing research (63.02%). Lack of guidance (31.2%) and funding (46.2%) were the perceived barriers for conducting research in the undergraduate days. A total of 49.5% students felt that teaching research methodology should be an integral part of MBBS curriculum.
Conclusion: Learning research methodology from undergraduate days helps the students inculcate research in practice and choose research as their long term career goal.