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of main obstacle and incentives to conduct research among physicians.
Methodology: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was conducted
over a period of six months. Four hundred and ninety nine physicians responded
to the questionnaire, which included questions about demographic data
of participants, their specialty, duration of research experience, achievements,
views about barriers and motivational factors for research work.
Results: The study revealed more enthusiastic participation by younger physicians,
age group 21 to 40 years, 382 (76.55%), although elder participants
117 (23.4%) were also active researchers. The highest response was received
from surgery and gynecology departments 61 (12.27%), and most of physicians
398 (79.76%) were interested in conducting research in their relevant fields.
Research related financial issues, unavailability of relevant facilities and lack of
co-workers' cooperation were the main barriers but these issues did not bother
more than half of the respondents and 85 (17.03%) physicians claimed that the
main incentive for them was to enhance their knowledge.
Conclusion: Young physicians from all specialties are actively participating in
research activities in the presence of promising research environment without
the inconvenience of the traditional barriers and are mainly focused on enhancing
their knowledge rather than financial or job promotion incentives.
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