Comparison of Opinion Referendum of Medical and Dental Postgraduates Towards Plagiarism in Bhopal - Central India.


OBJECTIVE To evaluate awareness and attitude towards plagiarism of postgraduates of health fraternity in Bhopal, Central India. STUDY DESIGN Across-sectional survey. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY People's University, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, from January to March 2014. METHODOLOGY A total of 164 postgraduates, medical (n = 80) and dental postgraduates (n = 84) were included in the study. A standard pre-tested self-administered questionnaire assessing positive, negative and subjective norms towards plagiarism was the assessing tool. Data was captured through distribution of the instrument and collected as scheduled from the study participants. The distribution of scores based on the responses to the individual questions in each dimension between the groups were compared using Mann-Whitney U-test. RESULTS Among dental and medical postgraduates the median values for the questions under positive attitude was 34.0 and 32.0, negative attitude was 21.5 and 19, subjective norms was 29.0 and 27.5 respectively. The difference in the opinion regarding positive attitude was found to be statistically significant in between the groups (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION Overall plagiarism was favored more by dental students as compared to medical students. Moreover, inadequate level of knowledge and awareness was observed in both the streams. Efforts should be undertaken to motivate health professionals to instill honest behavior in order to preserve the intellectual property right.

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@article{Jain2015ComparisonOO, title={Comparison of Opinion Referendum of Medical and Dental Postgraduates Towards Plagiarism in Bhopal - Central India.}, author={Shubham Jain and Vrinda Saxena and Sudheer G. Hongal and Manish Jain and Nilesh Arjun Torwane and Vijayta Sharva}, journal={Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP}, year={2015}, volume={25 7}, pages={514-8} }