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New ProjectKnowledge, Attitude and Practice of Medical Undergraduates Regarding Use of Artificial Sweeteners in JN Medical College — A Cross Sectional Study
India (MSAI) - Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College/KLE University, Belagavi
Dr. Rekha Nayaka M.R.
Dr. Rekha Nayaka M.R.
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
Artificial sweeteners or Non nutritive sweeteners(NNS) are food additives, which mimic the effect of sugar on taste with decreased or zero calories. Now a days consumption of artificial sweeteners has increased in population in order to prevent non communicable diseases like diabetes, obesity, heart disease and stroke. In spite of their benefits, animal studies have convincingly proven that artificial sweeteners cause weight gain, diabetes, brain tumors, bladder cancer and many other health hazards. The Food and Drug Administration made this decision after looking at tests which show that "normal use" of artificial sweeteners would not cause health problems. However these tests do not show how safe artificial sweeteners would be when consumed over a lifetime. In spite of their beneficial effects, long term use of artificial sweeteners are not recommended because of their health related complications. Therefore, before use of any artificial sweeteners, people should be made aware of its health benefits and hazards. So, present study is planned to know the level of knowledge, attitude and IFMSA International Secretariat, c/o IMCC, Nørre Allé 14, 2200 København N., Denmark practice of medical undergraduates regarding artificial sweeteners and also to create awareness about health hazards produced by long term use of these products.
What is the aim of the project?
The present study is planned to elicit the knowledge , attitude and practice of medical undergraduates regarding the use of artificial sweeteners
What techniques and methods are used?
It is a cross sectional study and it will be conducted among all 4 phases of medical students. The instrument used for data collection will be a semi- structured questionnaire, with closed and open ended questions, consisting of four parts: the first being the socio demographic data; the second, data related to assessment of knowledge of students on artificial sweeteners; the third, data related to assessment of attitude of students on artificial sweetener and finally, data related to assessment practice of students on artificial sweetener use
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Student definitely learn about ● Selecting research topic ● Collecting review of literature, ● protocol or synopsis writing, ● preparing structured questionnaire, ● data collecting method, ● data analysis ● can learn to select the journal for publication ● student can publish article in indexed journal ● student can present their research article in conference. ● student will be taught about oral presentation or ● student will be taught about poster presentation or ● student will be taught about paper presentation
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Theoretical teaching on protocol writing, different type of study designs, statistical methods, topic related to research by tutor and experts
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster - The student will have the opportunity to present the results together with the supervisor at a conference
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
They should know English language and good communication and writing skills
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Pre-Medical students from the American-British system - Students in biomedical fields
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