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Funding Affects Quality of Medical Education Research

Insufficient financing adversely affects quality of research

TUESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The quality and impact of medical education research depends on the extent of funding, according to a report in the Sept. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Darcy A. Reed, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues developed a 10-item instrument to evaluate the quality and the impact of funding on 210 education research studies published in 13 peer-reviewed journals.

The maximum score was 18 and up to three points could be scored in each domain. The studies attained a mean score of 9.95, with data analysis and validity scoring the highest and lowest domain scores, respectively. There was an association between scores and expert quality ratings, the three-year citation rate and journal impact factor. Studies that had $20,000 or more worth of funding had higher scores, as did those for whom the first authors had an established publications record.

"Our results show a significant association between funding and study quality, providing evidence to support the call to increase funding for medical education research," the authors conclude. "Policy reform that increases funding support may promote high-quality medical education research."

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