National Journal of Basic Medical Sciences

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Pages: 231-234

Date of Publication: 30-Nov--0001

AN EDUCATIONAL INTERVENTION STUDY AMONG DOCTORS ATTENDING A RESEARCH METHODOLOGY WORKSHOP IN A PRIVATE MEDICAL COLLEGE, SALEM, TAMIL NADU.

Author: S.SANGEETHA BALAMURUGAN, S RAJA RAM, C KANNAN

Category: Clinical Sciences

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Abstract:

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BACKGROUND:Knowledge regarding research methodology should be an integral part of continuing medical education for medical faculties in any medical colleges. In order to help researchers communicate their results and help accumulate knowledge through conference papers, reports, on-line journals and print journals, medical colleges conduct research methodology workshops for their faculty every year.

Objectives:To assess the existing knowledge in the basics of research methodology among doctors before educational intervention by a pre-test.To measure the change in knowledge after educational intervention by a post-test.

Materials & Methods:The study was conducted in VMKV Medical College, Salem, among doctors who participated in research methodology workshop during July 2012. A Pre- structured proforma was used to assess the existing knowledge on basics of study designs in research methodology at the beginning of the session.Education intervention was done with the help of Power point presentations, illustrations with examples and printed materials. At the end of the session, after the education intervention, post- test was conducted to know the change in the knowledge.

Results : There was overall significant increase in knowledge (P<0.001) in the basics of research methodology among doctors after educational intervention.

Conclusion : A systematic study of research methodology is an urgent necessity. Before undertaking research projects, researchers should be well equipped with all the methodological aspects. After education intervention, there was a significant change in the knowledge.

Keywords: Educational Intervention, Doctors, Research Methodology Workshop, Medical College.