Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1777-1781

Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia

Authors: Ali A. Al-saeed, Nasir K. Aldandan, Ahmed M. Al Qassimi, Muhammed Ali Al-Alwan, Adeeb M. Buhlaigah, Qusai A. Alomran, Ahmed M. Alhamarni.

ABSTRACT

Background: Medical research is a tremendously fundamental element toward the improvement of healthcare services and is also considered as an important key in undergraduate medical education. However, little is known about the perceived barriers of medical research. Therefore, this study aimed to explore the possible barriers toward medical research of Saudi medical students and seek the main common reasons faced by medical students during the medical research. Methodology: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among the interns and medical students of 14 universities in Saudi Arabia, making a total sample size of 522 participants aged between 21 and 23 years during the year 2019. An online questionnaire was sent electronically to the participants and consisted of two parts. The first part documented the demographic data, while the second part consisted of multiple questions to accurately assess the participant’s barriers of carrying out research using a 5-point Likert response scale. Results: The response rate was almost equal among both males (49.8%) and females (50.2%). The highest barrier was lack of access to counsel and appropriate guide in research (3.9 ± 1.08), followed by lack of experience with research methods (3.9 ± 1.07) and not enough (motivating) rewards (3.7 ± 1.06). Conclusion: The results were fairly comparable to Western studies. Students reported low participation in related activities associated with low knowledge scores. Several other barriers were also addressed, including lack of time, funding, and proper mentoring.

Keywords:
Medical research, medical education, medical student, research barriers


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Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia


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Ali A Al-saeed
Medical Intern at King Faisal University, Houf, Saudi Arabia
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Nasir K Aldandan
Medical Intern at King Faisal University, Houf, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmed M Al Qassimi
Medical Intern at King Faisal University, Houf, Saudi Arabia
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Muhammed Ali Al-Alwan
Paramedic Intern at King Saud University for Health Science, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Adeeb M Buhlaigah
Medical Intern at King Faisal University, Houf, Saudi Arabia
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Qusai A Alomran
Medical Intern at King Faisal University, Houf, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmed M Alhamarni
Medical Intern at King Faisal University, Houf, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Ali A Al-saeed, Medical Intern at King Faisal University, Houf, Saudi Arabia.; Ali.2009.s@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 06 Sep 2020
Accepted 17 Oct 2020
Published online 25 Oct 2020
Published in print 05 Nov 2020

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Al-saeed AA, Aldandan NK, Qassimi AMA, Al-Alwan MA, Buhlaigah AM, Alomran QA, Alhamarni AM. Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1777-1781. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed AA, Aldandan NK, Qassimi AMA, Al-Alwan MA, Buhlaigah AM, Alomran QA, Alhamarni AM. Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=132196 [Access: January 24, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed AA, Aldandan NK, Qassimi AMA, Al-Alwan MA, Buhlaigah AM, Alomran QA, Alhamarni AM. Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(11): 1777-1781. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed AA, Aldandan NK, Qassimi AMA, Al-Alwan MA, Buhlaigah AM, Alomran QA, Alhamarni AM. Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited January 24, 2021]; 4(11): 1777-1781. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed, A. A., Aldandan, . N. K., Qassimi, . A. M. A., Al-Alwan, . M. A., Buhlaigah, . A. M., Alomran, . Q. A. & Alhamarni, . A. M. (2020) Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (11), 1777-1781. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed, Ali A., Nasir K. Aldandan, Ahmed M. Al Qassimi, Muhammed Ali Al-Alwan, Adeeb M. Buhlaigah, Qusai A. Alomran, and Ahmed M. Alhamarni. 2020. Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1777-1781. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed, Ali A., Nasir K. Aldandan, Ahmed M. Al Qassimi, Muhammed Ali Al-Alwan, Adeeb M. Buhlaigah, Qusai A. Alomran, and Ahmed M. Alhamarni. "Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 1777-1781. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed, Ali A., Nasir K. Aldandan, Ahmed M. Al Qassimi, Muhammed Ali Al-Alwan, Adeeb M. Buhlaigah, Qusai A. Alomran, and Ahmed M. Alhamarni. "Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.11 (2020), 1777-1781. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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Al-saeed, A. A., Aldandan, . N. K., Qassimi, . A. M. A., Al-Alwan, . M. A., Buhlaigah, . A. M., Alomran, . Q. A. & Alhamarni, . A. M. (2020) Barriers toward clinical research perceived by medical students: a descriptive study from Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (11), 1777-1781. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1599398960


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