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East Mediterr Health J. 2014 Mar 13;20(2):99-104.

Perceptions, attitudes, and practices towards research among resident physicians in training in Saudi Arabia.

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Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


in English, Arabic, French

Health research training forms an important part of medical education. This cross-sectional study examined the attitudes to research, perceived barriers to research and experience of participation in research projects among resident physicians in Saudi Arabia. A self-administered email questionnaire was completed by 191/207 residents working in different specialties and regions of Riyadh. A majority (97.9%) agreed that research is essential and improves health care and 86.9% that it helps in building a future academic career. Lack of research training (93.2%), lack of time (89.5%), work-related stress (83.2%) and lack of supervisors (73.3%) were perceived barriers to doing research. Only 58 (30.4%) had had any research involvement. Involvement in research was significantly more likely for residents at an advanced level of training than at earlier levels (OR 3.50, 95% CI: 1.1-11.1) and less likely for those who had 1 or 2 children during residency than those who had none (OR 0.29, 95% CI: 0.1-0.8).

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