Study of the Factors that Influence the Completion of the Thesis of Master of Health Professions Education Graduates: A Qualitative Study

  • Salma Ambreen Shahab
  • Iram Tassaduq
  • Ayesha Haq
  • Aqsa Naheed
  • Maleeha Zafar
  • Iram Zakria
Keywords: MHPE, education, Thesis, Health profession, Intrinsic motivation, Supervisor

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the experience of timely thesis completion by the graduates of the Master of Health Professions Education (MHPE) program in Pakistan.
Study Design: Qualitative interpretative study design.
Settings: Riphah University Islamabad and HITEC-IMS Taxila.
Duration: May 2018 to June 2019.
Materials and Methods: Data was collected by semi-structured interviews. All interviews were carried out in person. Detailed notes were taken, and conversations were audio-recorded. Three authors analyzed data independently using iterative thematic analysis. Inconsistencies were resolved through discussion.
Results: Two major themes out of five were identified: Intrinsic attributes of the graduates and the role of the supervisor. including sub-themes of intrinsic motivation, self-regulation, age of the participant, supervisor-trainee relationship, supervisor’s availability, supervisor’s commitment, personality traits of the supervisor. Periods of face-to-face contact sessions were considered to increase internal motivation during which participants believe to have greater self-regulation. Positive relationship with a committed supervisor who was readily available and had a friendly, yet professional attitude aided in the completion of the thesis on time while a supervisor lacking these traits posed challenges for the graduates.
Conclusion: Several factors were identified which influenced thesis completion among the graduates of MHPE in Pakistan. The five major ones consisted of the following, 1) Research Project-Related Problems; 2) Support System; 3) Supervisor Guidance; 4) Attributes of the Researcher; 5) Conducive Research Environment. These results can help influence policies to evaluate and improve this program.

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Published
2021-09-30
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Shahab S, Tassaduq I, Haq A, Naheed A, Zafar M, Zakria I. Study of the Factors that Influence the Completion of the Thesis of Master of Health Professions Education Graduates: A Qualitative Study. JRMC [Internet]. 30Sep.2021 [cited 4Dec.2021];25(3):423-8. Available from: http://journalrmc.com/index.php/JRMC/article/view/1711

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