Maintaining ISO 7144 Standards and Research Elements in Dissertations of Different Schools from 1999 to 2004, Kerman University of Medical Sciences
Strides in Development of Medical Education: January 31, 2010, 6 (1); e59432
July 15, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
August 05, 2017
March 10, 2009
F , Atai
Z , Safizadeh
H . Maintaining ISO 7144 Standards and Research Elements in Dissertations of Different Schools from 1999 to 2004, Kerman University of Medical Sciences,
Strides Dev Med Educ.
Background & Objective: Maintaining the international standards and research elements in
dissertations leads to clearly showing the results in a scientific way. It also facilitates indexing,
abstracting and easily using them in information sources. This study aimed to assess ISO 7144
standards and research elements in dissertations of different schools from 1999 to 2004 in Kerman
University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 602 dissertations in schools of medicine, dentistry,
pharmacy and nursing (master’s degree) were evaluated. Data was collected using a checklist.
Results: Results of this study showed that there was a general ascending trend in maintaining ISO
standards and research elements in the dissertations. The mean rate of maintaining ISO standard
and research elements in references (90.81%), results (77.87%), figures and tables (77.29%) were
higher than the other parts. In literature review (48.4%), thesis statement (50.2%) and abstract
(55.18%), it was lower than other parts. This score was the highest in the dissertations of the School
of Nursing (70.9%) in comparison with the other three schools.
Conclusion: Our results suggest that although an ascending trend in maintaining ISO standards and
research elements in the dissertations is met, but the general status is not satisfactory. Hence, it is
suggested that maintaining international standards become obligatory so internal dissertations
would be applicable and documented in international spectrum together with improvement in
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