Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists

H. Stuart, N. Sartorius, T. Liinamaa, Images Study Group

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Abstract

Objective: This study surveyed medical teaching faculty to determine their attitudes toward psychiatry and psychiatrists.
Method: We conducted a multisite survey of a probability sample of 1057 teaching medical faculty members from 15 academic teaching centers in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia stratified by early, middle, and late career stage. The average response rate across countries was 65%.
Results: The outstanding findings were that 90% of respondents considered that psychiatrists were not good role models for medical students, 84% thought psychiatric patients were unsuitable to be treated outside of specialized facilities, and 73% thought psychiatric patients were emotionally draining. We noted statistically significant differences by country, gender, career stage, and specialty.
Conclusion: These results highlight why recruitment into psychiatry is problematic in many countries and suggest that greater attention should be given to improving the perception of psychiatrists as good role models and the efficacy of psychiatric treatments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume131
Issue number1
Early online date14 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

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Psychiatry
Medical Faculties
Teaching
Sampling Studies
Medical Students

Keywords

  • stigma
  • attitudes to psychiatry
  • attitudes to psychiatrists
  • psychiatric recruitment

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Stuart, H., Sartorius, N., Liinamaa, T., & Images Study Group (2015). Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 131(1), 21-28. https://doi.org/10.1111/acps.12368

Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists. / Stuart, H.; Sartorius, N.; Liinamaa, T.; Images Study Group.

In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Vol. 131, No. 1, 01.2015, p. 21-28.

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Stuart, H, Sartorius, N, Liinamaa, T & Images Study Group 2015, 'Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists', Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, vol. 131, no. 1, pp. 21-28. https://doi.org/10.1111/acps.12368
Stuart H, Sartorius N, Liinamaa T, Images Study Group. Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2015 Jan;131(1):21-28. https://doi.org/10.1111/acps.12368
Stuart, H. ; Sartorius, N. ; Liinamaa, T. ; Images Study Group. / Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists. In: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. 2015 ; Vol. 131, No. 1. pp. 21-28.
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