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J Pak Med Assoc. 2010 Apr;60(4):269-73.

Plagiarism and the medical fraternity: a study of knowledge and attitudes.

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Ziauddin Medical College, Karachi.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess knowledge and perceptions of plagiarism in medical students and faculty of private and public medical colleges in Karachi.

METHODS:

A questionnaire based study was conducted on groups of 4th year medical students and medical faculty members. Group A consisted of medical students while group B comprised faculty members. The questionnaire contained 19 questions that assessed knowledge and attitudes of the respondents regarding various aspects of plagiarism.

RESULTS:

The total number of medical students (Group A) studied was 114 while the faculty number (Group B) was 82. Nineteen percent Group A and 22% of Group B displayed the correct knowledge about referencing materials from the internet or other sources. Seventeen percent of respondents in Group A and 16% in Group B had correct information about the use of quotation marks when incorporating verbatim phrases from external sources. Regarding Power Point presentations, 53% of respondents from Group A and 57% from Group B knew the appropriate requirements. There was a statistically significant difference among the two groups regarding the issue of self plagiarism, with 63% of respondents in Group A and 88% in Group B demonstrating correct understanding. Both groups showed a general lack of understanding regarding copyright rules and 18% of Group A and 23% of respondents in Group B knew the correct responses. Eighteen percent of respondents in Group A and 27% in Group B claimed to have never indulged in this practice.

CONCLUSION:

There is a general lack of information regarding plagiarism among medical students and faculty members.

PMID:
20419968
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