Incorporating Evidence Based Medicine in Medical Education and Health Care Perception of Medical Professionals in South India

*, Unnikrishnan B and *, Darshan Bhagawan and Sethi., Akshay and *, Rekha T and Mithra, Prasanna P and *, Nithin Kumar and Kulkarni, Vaman and Holla, Ramesh and *, Avinash Kumar (2015) Incorporating Evidence Based Medicine in Medical Education and Health Care Perception of Medical Professionals in South India. Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, 101 (3). pp. 18-23. ISSN 1547481X

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Abstract

A facility-based cross sectional study was carried out among 188 doctors working at the Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India, to assess the perception and practice of evidence based medicine (EBM) among medical professionals. Data was collected using a pre-tested questionnaire and results obtained were expressed in percentages. Results: The mean age of participants was 35 ± 8.33 years. A higher proportion of participants (n=182, 96.8%) referred to textbooks for information for clinical decision making. A majority of the participants (n=180, 95.8%) opined that evidence based medicine should be included in a medical curriculum. More than half of the participants (n=98, 52.1%) used PubMed. A majority (n=150, 79.8%) of the participants had a good level of self-rated confidence in evaluating research, while 55.3% (n=104) of the participants had a good level of self-rated confidence in their ability to conduct clinical appraisals. Lack of time and insufficient EBM skills were the major perceived barriers to practicing evidence based medicine. Conclusion: Positive attitudes and higher awareness regarding EBM among doctors in the present study compared to other reported literature is an encouraging finding. Medical regulators must utilize the best available evidence and experience in formulating policy on medical education and health care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence based medicine, Medical Professionals, South India.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 14:29
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016 14:29
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/145181

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