Our Profile

Login / New User

Harsukh Educational Charitable Society International Journal of Community Health and Medical Research

Volume 3 Issue 2 April-June 2017

Original Articles

A study to assess the attitude of under graduate medical students towards research
Manju. L, Dr. Nazeema Beevi, Dr. Ranu Rawat, Anil Bindhu

Background: Research methodology is a part of the under graduate medical curriculum. Assessing the attitude Abstract and the factors affecting the attitude among medical students is important for policy makers to modify the curriculum to create awareness about medical research. Material and Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted among the under graduate medical students in Sree Gokulam Medical College & Research Foundation, Venjaramoodu, Trivandrum, during December 2016. A pre tested questionnaire consists of 32 items was used for data collection. Sample size was computed as 341. Sampling technique is convenience sampling. A total of 375 questionnaires analyzed. Chi square test, one way ANOVA and factor analysis are the statistical tools involved. Result: Percentage of students having positive attitude is 52.3. Independent t test revealed that attitude is not related to gender, p-value=0.814. One way ANOVA showed a significant (p-value =0.013) difference between the batches. Bonferroni pair wise comparison showed a significant p-value for the senior (2011) and junior (2014) batches (p-value=0.005). A factor analysis produced four factors such as positive attitude towards research, research facility, research barriers, and relevance to life. Among these positive attitude is the highly contributed factor. Conclusion: More than half of the study sample have positive attitude. Lack of time is an important barrier. Adequate time should be provided to students for improving the research activities. Keywords: Research, Attitude, Questionnaire, Factors. 

Html View | Download PDF | Current Issue