Escasa lectura crítica de investigación entre los alumnos de pregrado de medicina

Translated title of the contribution: Little critical reading of research at an undergraduate medical internship

Héctor Cobos Aguilar*, Patricia Pérez Cortés, María Zenaida Vázquez Álvarez, Eduardo Garcialuna Martínez

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Critical reading of research papers is poorly developed among undergraduate interns, and institutional programs ignore it. Cross-sectional reports confirm this, as well as successful interventions. Longitudinal studies are scarce. Objective: To evaluate the development and continuity of critical reading of research papers in undergraduate internship with emphasis on research. Material and methods: cohort study; five groups with 77 students, randomized, from five universities, with five teachers (of varied teaching experience). Strategy: Weekly basis (90 min); reading of an article and guidance resolution, plenary discussion (teacher and classroom) and creation of a protocol. A balanced (interpretation, judgment and proposals), validated, consistent 108-item instrument was applied (baseline, 6-11 months) plus six abstracts (survey, instrument, cases and controls, randomized controlled trials [RCTs], diagnostic test and cohort). Statistics: Nonparametric, intra- and intergroup, randomized analysis. Results: No baseline differences between the grade-point averages, median global rating (13, range 10 to 17), or subcomponents were observed. Overall rating favored G2 (median 23, range 22-39) by the end of the course; all groups performed better (p < 0.05). Progress was maintained at the overall final rating (median 29, range: 23-35). Random performance decreased (60% to 8%) from beginning to end. No progress was observed in RCTs or cohorts. Conclusions: Learning about research is essential in undergraduate studies and allows medical literature to be assessed. A study program and specific activities including it, and a guide from teachers with participatory strategies, help develop this skill, which is maintained in the medium term.

Translated title of the contributionLittle critical reading of research at an undergraduate medical internship
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)817-822
Number of pages6
JournalSalud (i) Ciencia
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014

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© Sociedad Iberoamericana de Informacín Científica (SIIC), 2014.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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