Correlation Between Demographic Perspective of PG Trainees and Research: A Cross-Sectional Multidisciplinary Study

Nabiha Farasat Khan1                            BDS, M.Phil, MHPE

Muhammad Saeed2                                BDS

Usama Saeed3                                          MBBS

OBJECTIVE: Demographic perspectives of future investigators (PG trainees of Medicine & Dentistry) have more or less effect on their achievements. Such perspectives may also work as barriers towards scientific activities. The aim of the study is to evaluate whether (if any) demographic perspectives working as barrier in research work among PG trainees.
METHODOLOGY: To assess the effects of demographic view on the research activities of 72 PG trainees a cross-sectional survey was carried out at 3 different public sector medical and dental institutes (Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMCH), Quetta Institute of Medical Sciences (QIMS) and Institute of Public Health (IPH) within 3 months (May-July 2018). Data was collected and analyzed by using SPSS version 20. A p-value of < 0.05 was considered significant.
RESULTS: Sixty-one percent of the study participants were males. Almost half (43%) PG trainees demonstrated positive attitude towards item number 3 “students can plan & conduct scientific research” (Mean±SD4.36±.65), 86.1% agreed to accomplish research work at undergraduate level, even in the absence of a supervisor (p-0.004). Low father educational level induces a lack of interest in PG trainees research work (p-0.01), whereas PG trainees having illiterate mothers present a strong correlation between lack of research work and un co-operative faculty (p<0.001) which creates hurdle in their scientific activities.
CONCLUSION: PG trainees of Pakistani community demonstrates positive attitude towards research activities. They express keenness regarding scientific task but due to low parental education level they face un-cooperative faculty which intern reduces their interest in research work. Whereas over-loaded curriculum, social and family commitments and job duties medical PG’s face time management issues.
KEY WORDS: Demographic perspective, PG trainees, Dentistry, Medicine, Hurdles, Research.
HOW TO CITE: Khan NF, Saeed M, Saeed U. Correlation between demographic perspective of pg trainees and research: A cross-sectional multidisciplinary study. J Pak Dent Assoc 2020;29(1):24-29.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.25301/JPDA.291.24
Received: 26 April 2019, Accepted: 04 October 2019

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