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IS THERE A REQUIREMENT OF IMPROVED RESEARCH SKILLS IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM? A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY ON ATTITUDE AND BARRIERS TOWARDS RESEARCH

Sujata V. Patil*, Alen Chacko Mathew, Alwin Philip Mathew and S. Suresh Krishna

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Introduction: Research in today’s time and age has been a very crucial part of medical science due to increase in the range of various diseases and increased demand for better treatment and care in the present age. Therefore, various studies have found that education of and conduction of researches at an undergraduate level has shown an increased inclination of these students towards research based studies in the future. Methods: A cross- sectional study was conducted on undergraduate studentsat Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences. A questionnaire was completed by 140 students; addressing 6 factors, consisting of 24 questions: assessing the attitude and barriers of research. Results: 67.1% said that research methodology should be the part of curriculum. 40.7% said that they would like to opt a career as a researcher. Biggest barriers identified were lack of interest in research, Lack of communication skills, lack of time to do research because of educational tasks and so on. Conclusion: A potential manner to minimize the issue at hand i.e, a decreased interest in research related project could be reversed by initially creating an awareness among students regarding the need of brilliant doctors in the area of research and increasing the provision of resources required for the same.

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