Why Indian doctors are lethargic about active research

Himmatrao Saluba Bawaskar

Abstract

I happened to meet a journal editor at an IMA (Indian Medical Association) Conference who invited me to deliver a talk on my journey as a clinical researcher over the past three decades. I was delighted to share my experiences in research driven by patient needs, performed at resource-limited locations such as primary health centres, and without the help of any funding agency. I attended the two-day workshop consisting of routine monotonous lectures on research methodology. Many speakers emphasised the need to get funds and methods together; giving the impression that research is impossible without funds. My research of a lifetime bears testimony to the fact that original research driven by patient needs need not wait for research grants. One’s sincerity as a clinician, keen observation, and dedicated work can overcome all the hurdles.

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