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ASSESSMENT OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT CLINICAL TRIALS IN 3 RD SEMESTER (M.B.B.S) STUDENTS - A QUESTIONNAIRE BASED STUDY IN GOA MEDICAL COLLEGE, BAMBOLIM

*Tanvi Rajaram Naik and Sunita De Sa

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Background: Clinical trials play a very important role in research. Awareness about the same in medical students is the need of the hour. This study was conducted to assess the knowledge and understanding about clinical trials among 3rd semester MBBS students. Materials and methods: This was a cross sectional questionnaire based study, conducted among 3rd semester MBBS students from Goa Medical College after approval from institutional ethics committee (IEC). A pre-validated 18 point questionnaire was given (n=117). Data was analysed using latest version of Microsoft Excel. Results: were tabulated as percentages and 117 responses from the students were obtained. The response rate was found to be 78%. The questions regarding general concept about clinical trials obtained 89.14% correct response whereas incorrect response was obtained in 9.73%. Percentage of correct response in ethical category question was 74.77% and incorrect response was 20.73%. Response rate was average in regulatory set of questions with 69.65% giving a correct response and 27.35% an incorrect response. Conclusion: Though the overall knowledge about the clinical trial was good, there is further need to encourage and give students opportunity to participate. Early exposure to research would help the students to know about the depth and challenges faced in real life scenarios. Also it will help to build interest in research as they are the future researchers.

Keywords: Clinical trial, questionnaire based study, awareness, 3rd semester.


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