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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 100-102

Health research methodology workshop: Evaluation with the Kirkpatrick model

1 Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Kelambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Saudi Board of Preventive Medicine, Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Vinoth Gnana Chellaiyan
Department of Community Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Kelambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-258X.275352

Background. Workshops on research methodology impart skills of research among medical students. Both qualitative and quantitative evaluation of an academic programme is essential to enhance the effectiveness and quality improvement. We assessed the gain in learning and effect of a workshop on research methodology among medical students. Methods. We did a quasi-experimental, single-group study at a tertiary care hospital and research institute in southern India. It included 33 students enrolled in various residency positions of the institute. The Kirkpatrick 4-level model was used to assess the effectiveness of the workshop on research methodology. Paired t-test was used to compare pre- and postworkshop scores. Results. Twenty-five students rated the academic sessions as excellent. The score before the workshop ranged from 0 to 17 with mean (SD) 9.27 (4.2). The post-workshop score had a minimum to maximum score of 10-26 with mean (SD) of 16.18 (3.7) (p<0.005). The effect size d cohen (confidence interval [CI]) was 1.743 (0.942-2.545). The mean (SD) of absolute and relative gain was 10.8 (3.8) and 1.41 (0.07), respectively. 66.7% medical students showed a 30% rise in their post-workshop scores, the cut-off for effectiveness of the workshop. Conclusion. The evaluation of a workshop on research methodology provided insights into the outcomes and modifications required for their future improvement.

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