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Acad Psychiatry. 2008 May-Jun;32(3):214-7. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.32.3.214.

Psychiatric resident and attending diagnostic and prescribing practices.

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  • 1SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study investigates whether two patient population groups, under resident or attending treatment, are equivalent or different in the distribution of patient characteristics, diagnoses, or pharmacotherapy.

METHODS:

Demographic data, psychiatric diagnoses, and pharmacotherapy data were collected for 100 random patient charts of psychiatric residents, and were then compared with 100 random patient charts of attending psychiatrists.

RESULTS:

Student's t test and chi square analysis suggested no statistically significant differences in the average number of comorbid Axis I diagnoses, percentages of patients with Axis II diagnoses, or major differences in the specific percentages of the 10 most common Axis I diagnoses. Furthermore, there were no statistically significant differences in the average number of psychiatric medications prescribed for pharmacological management of mental illness, or ratios of specific drug classes utilized.

CONCLUSION:

There seems to be no major differences in patient characteristics or in the treatment techniques that were utilized.

PMID:
18467478
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