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|BRIEF RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 127-130
A pilot study of MD (psychiatry) theses-based research
Shrikant Srivastava1, Vivek Agarwal2, Alka Subramanyam3, Mona Srivastava4, TS Sathyanarayana Rao5, G Prasad Rao6, Hitesh Khurana7, Archana Singh1
1 Department of Geriatric Mental Health, KG Medical University UP, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, KG Medical University UP, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, TNMC and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
5 Department of Psychiatry, JSS Medical College, Mysore, Karnataka, India
6 Consultant Psychiatrist, Asha Hospital, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
7 Pandit BD Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
Introduction: Undertaking a research project is mandatory for MD Psychiatry trainees. The present study was undertaken to assess the type of research activity being undertaken as part of MD Psychiatry dissertation, and its contribution to national and international literature.
Materials and Methods: Three medical colleges supplied the data about the topic, names of the supervisor and the candidate, collaboration, funding accrued, and publication details of MD-based research carried out between years 2000 and 2010 inclusive; 95 records were collected for the final analysis. The details of the publications provided were cross-checked on the internet, which would have taken care of missed publications as well.
Results: Most studies were single-point assessment clinical studies. Only 2 studies had been funded, 11 had collaboration with other departments within the same institute, and 5 had inter-institute collaborations. Majority of the studies were not published. Only 30 were published as full paper and 9 as abstracts. Of these 30 full publications, only 3 were published in journals having JCI impact factor values (1.4, 1.3, and 1.4, respectively).
Conclusions: The main finding of this pilot study was that MD-based research has low contribution to the national and international literature, and those articles which are published are in low impact journals. Suggestions for modifying this state of affairs are discussed.
Dr. Shrikant Srivastava
Department of Geriatric Mental Health, KG Medical University UP, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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