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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 180-183

Effectiveness of teaching orientation on polymerase chain reaction in leprosy among medical interns posted in central leprosy institute

1 Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
2 Department of Clinical and Laboratory Division, Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Information Technology, SRM University, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
4 Advisor, National Center for Disease Control, Calicut, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Pugazhenthan Thangaraju
Department of Pharmacology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJAM.IJAM_35_18

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Context: There is no study evaluating the teaching orientation regarding polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in leprosy. Aims: The aim of the study is to assess the level of teaching orientation and knowledge of medical interns regarding PCR in leprosy. Settings and Design: It is a cross-sectional study done in Central Leprosy Teaching and Research Institute (CLTRI), Chengalpattu, during October to December 2017. Subjects and Methods: A pretested and well-structured questionnaire consisting of 13 questions (11 – option question, 1 – wrongly introduced accessing question, and 1 – the intern's attitude question) was administered to interns posted in CLTRI on day 2 and the same day after orientation. The questions were grouped under different headings and covered various aspects of PCR. Statistical Analysis Used: Paired t-test was used to determine significance at P < 0.05. Results: A total of 42 interns were surveyed. The male and female were 16 (38%) and 26 (62%), respectively. The posttest analysis after teaching orientation was statistically significant and also helps in exploring the molecular aspect of leprosy for the junior medical interns in academic settings. Conclusion: This is the first study done in this rare area of molecular aspect of leprosy teaching and this also helped us to know the medical interns' inclination toward working in molecular laboratory. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Practice-based learning and improvement, Systems-based practice.

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