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Open Access Research article

Knowledge and attitudes about health research amongst a group of Pakistani medical students

Hassan Khan1*, Muhammad RizwanulHaq Khawaja1, Abdul Waheed1, Muhammad Ameen Rauf1 and Zafar Fatmi2

Author Affiliations

1 Medical College, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

2 Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

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BMC Medical Education 2006, 6:54  doi:10.1186/1472-6920-6-54

Published: 2 November 2006

Abstract

Background

Health research training is an important part of medical education. This study was conducted to assess the level of knowledge and attitudes regarding health research in a group of Pakistani medical students at Aga Khan University, Karachi.

Methods

It was a cross-sectional pilot study conducted among a group of Pakistani medical students. Through stratified random sampling, a pre-tested, structured and validated questionnaire was administered to 220 medical students. Knowledge and attitudes were recorded on a scale (graduated in percentages).

Results

Mean scores of students were 49.0% on knowledge scale and 53.7% on attitude scale. Both knowledge and attitudes improved significantly with increasing years of study in medical college [Regression coefficient 4.10 (p-value; 0.019) and 6.67 (p-value; < 0.001) for knowledge and attitudes, respectively].

Conclusion

Medical students demonstrate moderate level of knowledge and attitude towards health research. Intensive training in this regard is associated with significant improvement in knowledge and attitudes of students towards health research.