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SAJEM. 2019; 2(1): 18-23


Perception and Prevalence of Plagiarism among Postgraduate Medical Students in Twin Cities of Pakistan

Arslaan Javaeed, Zartasha Chaudhry, Sadaf Hina, Maria Naseer Malik, Maira Yaseen, Qurat ul Ain Haider.

Abstract
Objective: To compare the perception and prevalence of plagiarism in doctors pursuing academic postgraduate qualification versus clinical postgraduate qualification

Methods: All doctors pursuing a postgraduate qualification in six institutes of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Pakistan were included in the study from April to October 2018. Data was collected through a validated, self-administered and structured questionnaire.

Results: Out of 126 participants, the reported prevalence of plagiarism was 57.14% (n=72) with a higher proportion among clinically oriented specialty students (65.43%, n = 53) as compared to their counterparts doing academic degrees (42.22 %; n=19). Majority of respondents (80.24%) knew about plagiarism, but only 35.80% were aware of its legal consequences. 67.9 % of the MD/MS/ FCPS
students did not consider plagiarism as unprofessional or unethical as compared to 40% of the M.Phil./PhD students (p

Key words: Cross-sectional study, Prevalence, Plagiarism, Student, Medical, Perception, Awareness, Questionnaires, Confusion, Attitude, Pakistan



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