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Knowledge about and attitude towards science of first year medical students.
Croat Med J. 2002 Feb; 43(1):58-62.CM

Abstract

AIM

To assess the knowledge about and attitude towards science of students entering medical school, and to find out whether these parameters are influenced by their high school education, sex, place of residence, and rank achieved on the admission test.

METHODS

A total of 193 (82%) students who enrolled at the Zagreb University School of Medicine in 2001 filled out an anonymous questionnaire at their first lecture. The questionnaire consisted of demographic data, 20 statements on science adapted to a 1-5 Likert scale, and 8 multiple-choice test questions on knowledge of scientific research.

RESULTS

The students knowledge of scientific research was poor (out of 8 answers, 2.2 +/- 1.2 were correct) in spite of their positive attitude towards science (75 +/- 11 on a 20-100 scale). Higher ranking students at the admission test showed more positive attitude (Spearmans rho=-0.157, p=0.003). There was no interdependence between other personal data (sex, high school, and place of residence) and opinion/knowledge about science.

CONCLUSION

In Croatia, first-year medical students are not familiar with basic facts about the scientific methods and communication in medicine, but they have positive attitude towards scientific research. The only factor associated with more positive attitude towards science is higher rank at the admission test.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Zagreb University School of Medicine, Salata 11, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11828562

Citation

Vodopivec, Ivana, et al. "Knowledge About and Attitude Towards Science of First Year Medical Students." Croatian Medical Journal, vol. 43, no. 1, 2002, pp. 58-62.
Vodopivec I, Vujaklija A, Hrabak M, et al. Knowledge about and attitude towards science of first year medical students. Croat Med J. 2002;43(1):58-62.
Vodopivec, I., Vujaklija, A., Hrabak, M., Lukić, I. K., Marusić, A., & Marusić, M. (2002). Knowledge about and attitude towards science of first year medical students. Croatian Medical Journal, 43(1), 58-62.
Vodopivec I, et al. Knowledge About and Attitude Towards Science of First Year Medical Students. Croat Med J. 2002;43(1):58-62. PubMed PMID: 11828562.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Knowledge about and attitude towards science of first year medical students. AU - Vodopivec,Ivana, AU - Vujaklija,Ana, AU - Hrabak,Maja, AU - Lukić,Ivan Kresimir, AU - Marusić,Ana, AU - Marusić,Matko, PY - 2002/2/6/pubmed PY - 2002/4/25/medline PY - 2002/2/6/entrez SP - 58 EP - 62 JF - Croatian medical journal JO - Croat. Med. J. VL - 43 IS - 1 N2 - AIM: To assess the knowledge about and attitude towards science of students entering medical school, and to find out whether these parameters are influenced by their high school education, sex, place of residence, and rank achieved on the admission test. METHODS: A total of 193 (82%) students who enrolled at the Zagreb University School of Medicine in 2001 filled out an anonymous questionnaire at their first lecture. The questionnaire consisted of demographic data, 20 statements on science adapted to a 1-5 Likert scale, and 8 multiple-choice test questions on knowledge of scientific research. RESULTS: The students knowledge of scientific research was poor (out of 8 answers, 2.2 +/- 1.2 were correct) in spite of their positive attitude towards science (75 +/- 11 on a 20-100 scale). Higher ranking students at the admission test showed more positive attitude (Spearmans rho=-0.157, p=0.003). There was no interdependence between other personal data (sex, high school, and place of residence) and opinion/knowledge about science. CONCLUSION: In Croatia, first-year medical students are not familiar with basic facts about the scientific methods and communication in medicine, but they have positive attitude towards scientific research. The only factor associated with more positive attitude towards science is higher rank at the admission test. SN - 0353-9504 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11828562/Knowledge_about_and_attitude_towards_science_of_first_year_medical_students_ L2 - http://www.cmj.hr/2002/43/1/11828562.pdf DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -