Mwanda W, Opinya G, Ngugi E, Otieno F ,Osanjo G and Oyugi J. CHARACTERISTICS OF STUDY PROPOSALS AT THE KENYATTA NATIONAL HOSPITAL AND COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCE
Background; MEPI Research Track Aim Three conducted a needs assessment survey at the Ethics and research office. The purpose was to document the baseline data and information regarding studies being undertaken within the college of Health Sciences and the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Objectives: To document the approved research proposals with a view to knowing the overall numbers, departments, types of research (basic science implementation, applied science), the description of persons to undertake the research
Design: Purposeful perusal of documents on study research proposals at the Kenyatta National Hospital/ University of Nairobi Ethics Research Committee office.
Method: Inclusion criteria was proof of approval by KNH/UON ERC Every proposal approved in the study period December 2008 to December 2010, was scrutinized for study requirements. These were recorded in a proforma questionnaire. These were then pooled and analyzed for: department details of the persons whose names appeared on the proposal and the type of study specifically noting those involving implementation medical science research.
Results: Overall there were 377 approved proposals. The majority of the persons were from College of Health science and the Kenyatta National Hospital the ranking by numbers were: school of medicine, school of dental sciences, school of nursing, UNITID, School of Public Health and School of Pharmacy. Further more the first five departments were surgery 13.5% obstetrics and Gynaecology 12.5% ophthalmology 10.6%, psychiatry 8%, Human pathology and microbiology 6.6% each and medicine 6.4%. While in order of decreasing numbers types of research were; basic science, applied and implementation research. Most of the proposals were for masterís students 78% followed by Kenyatta National Hospital staff 11% and College of Health Science 6% staff while the grant projects research proposals constituted a small proportion 5%.
Conclusion: The study proposals are mainly for the masters degree students. and departments with large number of students. There is paucity of implementation science study proposal in this survey results.
Recommendation: the first two departments with large numbers of proposals approved be given two slots for sponsorship by the MEPI grant. Special efforts be put towards improving the proportion of studies on implementation science.
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Publication Author(s): DR. OSANJO GEORGE OYAMO