Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

RESEARCH INVOLVEMENT AMONG DOCTORS IN PENANG, MALAYSIA

Author

Gomathy Subramaniam, Abdul Rashid Khan

Institution

Penang Medical College

Abstract

Objectives: To determine research involvement among doctors in Penang, Malaysia

Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted in Penang, Malaysia from September 2011 to January 2012. A self-administered questionnaire was used to collect data from 1100 doctors who were members of the Malaysian Medical Association Penang branch and doctors working in Penang and Seberang Jaya Hospital.

Results: 318 doctors responded to the study. Differences in age (p≤0.001), years since graduation (p=0.001), occupation (p=0.001), post graduate qualification (p<0.001) and career focus were statistically significant. Respondents who had additional training in statistics (OR3.10) who read medical journals regularly (OR 3.96), who were confident in interpreting medical literature (OR 2.87), interested in a career in research (OR7.66) and who have knowledge in the use of statistical packages (OR 11.76) were more likely to be involved in research. Having a post graduate qualification (OR 1.49), reading medical journal regularly (OR 2.16), interested in a career in research (OR 8.60) and knowledge in statistical packages (OR 12.35) were significant predictor variables

Conclusion: Creating an environment with factors found in this study can help promote involvement in research among doctors in Malaysia.