Year : 2016 | Volume
: 7 | Issue : 3 | Page : 295-
Current scenario of academic research among health-care providers in India
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka
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Baliga M. Current scenario of academic research among health-care providers in India.Contemp Clin Dent 2016;7:295-295
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Since time immemorial research has been an integral part of the health-care profession. The sole aim of the biomedical research was to understand life processes, invent and develop techniques to diagnose and manage disease processes, and disseminate the knowledge acquired for the larger good of the population. Such research work demanded a lifetime of utmost dedication, sincerity and a sense of concern for the humanity. The research was meant for the upliftment of the lives of people and not merely a means to achieve personal goals and ambitions.
Over time, research has slowly transitioned from people-centric to self-centric. This transition seems to be driven by the need to compete in the workplace. Regulations by governing bodies, mandating research by every health-care provider has had a huge influence on the quality of research. In the recent past, research by academicians supported by universities has taken a back seat. Most of the funding for research is by corporates with vested commercial interests. Incentivizing research has also had a massive impact on the quality of research and has led to the opening of the Pandora's Box in terms of gifting authorship, plagiarism, and falsifying and fabricating data. The rat race to garner the maximum number of incentives has led young researchers to fall into the trap of predatory journals and sham scientific meetings.
Unethical research practice needs to be curbed and controlled. Sensitization programs and training in research ethics will help in dealing with the existing research scenario. Ultimately, it is the mindset of the individual that needs to change from considering research to be a source of fame and monetary gains to a means of providing the society a better life.