Change in attitudes to psychiatry and intention to pursue psychiatry as a career in newly qualified doctors: a follow-up of two cohorts of medical students

Maidment, Rachel and Livingston, Gill and Katona, Cornelius and McParland, Monica and Noble, Lorraine (2004) Change in attitudes to psychiatry and intention to pursue psychiatry as a career in newly qualified doctors: a follow-up of two cohorts of medical students. Medical Teacher, 26 (6). pp. 565-569. ISSN 0142-159X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This follow-up study of 234 doctors examined whether improvements in attitudes to psychiatry following an undergraduate psychiatry attachment were maintained after graduation, and explored the relationship between attitudes to psychiatry and intention to pursue psychiatry as a career. Improvements in attitudes following undergraduate psychiatric attachment decayed over time but remained higher than pre-attachment levels. Attitudes of doctors who definitely intended to pursue psychiatry, however, increased at each stage. Attitudes of doctors were predicted by post-attachment attitudes, which in turn were predicted by encouragement from consultants and influences of specialist registrars during the attachment at medical school. There were no differences between a problem-based and a traditional psychiatry curriculum in attitude change. The findings suggest that encouragement during medical school from more senior doctors increases the numbers wanting to pursue psychiatry and may increase the number who subsequently pursue psychiatry as a career.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2008 16:32
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 07:47
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12204 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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