Knowledge, attitude, and practice of resident doctors about medical research in BJ Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra


  • Pranav J. Satav Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BJGMC and SGH Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Uma N. Wankhede Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BJGMC and SGH Pune, Maharashtra, India



Attitude, Knowledge, Research, Resident


Background: Every doctor should strive to contribute to the generation of evidence by conducting research. A review of literature showed that the data regarding knowledge, attitude, practice towards medical research among resident doctors pursuing post graduate studies in India is lacking. The objective of the study was to assess medical research related knowledge, attitude and practice of resident doctors in BJ Medical college, Pune, Maharashtra.

Methods: With written informed consent of the participant, a cross-sectional survey was conducted at BJ Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra using structured and pre-validated questionnaire. We enrolled all 102 resident doctors pursuing their second and third year residency in various subjects. Two residents have not given written consent and excluded from the study (N=100). All participants were provided with sufficient time of 7 days to fill the KAP questionnaire. In case of more than 5 unanswered questions, the participant was excluded from the study. The data was expressed in percentage and analyzed by Microsoft Office Excel 2007.

Results: The concept of research hypothesis was known to 48% of the residents. 85% of the residents were aware of the procedure to obtain informed consent. 82% of the residents agreed that patient outcome improves with continued medical research. Although 56% of the residents were interested in conducting research in future, 60% had made paper/poster presentations and only 15% had publications. 'Lack of time' (60%), 'lack of research curriculum' (26%) and 'inadequate facilities' (30%) were stated as major obstacles for pursuing research.

Conclusions: Our study finds that residents have a fair knowledge about research. They also showed a positive attitude toward research, but they fail to transform their knowledge and attitude into actual practices.


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