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Aim: Medical research skills at the undergraduate level is increasingly discussed as having a potential role in
developing certain skills in students including decision making, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Therefore,
this study aimed to evaluate the perception, barriers, and attitude of medical sciences students toward scientific
research in Makkah region of Saudi Arabia. Methods: The data collected between August and September 2019
using an electronic questionnaire that was distributed to medical sciences students at Makkah region including
(4th, 5th, 6th years, and interns). Results: Total number of participants who answered the questionnaire was 411
health-care students. Most of the students were females (70.6%), only 29.4% of them were male students. Most
of them (72.8%) agreed that scientific research is essential for undergraduate students and about 73.2% of them
said that they will participate in any available research opportunity. About 70.3% of the respondents reported that
they do not know whom to contact if they want to conduct research and about 61.6% of the respondents reported
there were few opportunities to do research in their college. Conclusion: Although students have good attitude
and good perception toward research, there are some barriers that should be overcome to encourage student
participation in research activities in Makkah regionâ€™s universities of Saudi Arabia.
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