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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1990 Nov;12(6):384-9.

Training of primary health care medical officers in mental health care. Errors in clinical judgment before and after training.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India.


This investigation examined the nature and frequency of errors in clinical judgment that were displayed by primary health care medical officers before and after short-term training in mental health care. Thirty-nine medical officers who underwent inservice training for 2 weeks were evaluated using standardized case vignettes. Before the training, doctors displayed a sizable percentage of major and minor errors, which dropped significantly following training. Errors were not unique to psychiatric presentations alone, but occurred with respect to vignettes representing physical disorders as well. The results on the whole demonstrate a satisfactory gain in clinical skills of medical officers following the training and highlight the need for continuation of a program of this nature.

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