Project Description

Author: Islam et al.

Summary:

Research is a promising path for advancing scientific knowledge and improving healthcare delivery. This study aimed to identify undergraduate student’s perceptions, inclinations and barriers to research and explore factors associated with research involvement among Bangladesh medical students.

This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted country-wide for a duration of one year. A total of 2938 students were enrolled after informed written consent. Data was collected based on demographic characteristics, voluntary research involvement, self-perceived research competence, future research aspirations and research barriers and challenges.

Among the medical students, 21.6% indicated that they participated in conducting research, of which 7.2% received formal research training and 6.6% of them had research publications. 47.1% expressed their intention to pursue a research career in the near future. Age, gender, study year and encouragement from faculty members were significant factors associated with research involvement among undergraduate medical students (p<0.001). Multivariate regression analysis have revealed that being male [OR(95%CI)= 1.5(1.3-1.8),p<0.001], being in 4th year of study [OR(95%CI)= 5.9(3.7-7.3),p<0.001] and encouragement from faculty members [OR(95%CI)= 1.3(1.1-1.6),p=<0.001] were factors that influence medical students to engage in research.

Conclusion:. Undergraduate students in Bangladesh have a large research interest, yet their involvement is currently low. Limited knowledge about research processes and shortage of mentors remains potent barriers to participation.

Status: Ongoing

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