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Educación Médica Superior

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WERLINGER CRUCES, Fabiola et al. Methodology and visibility in the scientific mass media for the undergraduate theses in dentistry. Educ Med Super [online]. 2014, vol.28, n.2, pp.318-334. ISSN 0864-2141.

Objective: to describe the implementation of scientific methodology of the undergraduate theses presented at the Dentistry Faculty of Universidad de Chile in the periods of 2002-2004 and 2007-2009 and their visibility in mass media acknowledged by the scientific dental community. Methods: all the four hundred and twenty five theses (425) presented in the periods of 2002-2004 and 2007-2009 were analyzed by using a comparison guideline to identify and register the compliance with the formal requirements for scientific research and dissemination of findings in written and oral media. The guideline was applied by members of the research team and the data was analyzed with summary statistics and the qualitative findings were described. Results: it was found that just 11.6 % of theses were published in some scientific journal; however, the percentage lowered to 3.3 % if we considered just ISI journals (Institute for Scientific Information). On the other hand, 53.8 % were submitted at scientific events. Difficulties in publishing these theses were related to poor methodological quality in several sections of theses (statistical analysis, procedures and research design). The qualitative results showed lack of relevant information, use of wrong methodological concepts and non-coherence among the sections. Conclusions: the percentage of publication of undergraduate theses in dentistry presented at Universidad de Chile in the period of 2002 through 2009 is low according to the international standards, but the number of submissions at congresses is adequate. It is likely that the weaknesses found in the construction of the methodology section be associated to these poor results.

Keywords : undergraduate thesis; publication; scientific dissemination; scientific methodology.

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