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Acad Psychiatry. 2008 Nov-Dec;32(6):470-4. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.32.6.470.

Teaching evidence-based psychiatry: integrating and aligning the formal and hidden curricula.

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McMaster University, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. agrawas@mcmaster.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors argue that adopting evidence-based psychiatry will require a paradigm shift in the training of psychiatry residents, and offer some suggestions for how this transformation might be achieved.

METHODS:

The authors review the growing literature that addresses how best to teach evidence-based medicine and highlight several examples of innovative instructional and assessment methods.

RESULTS:

Little is known about how best to instill among residents the attitudes, knowledge, skills, and behaviors that are necessary to practice evidence-based psychiatry. However, there are indications that the integration of evidence-based medicine instruction into routine clinical care and the alignment of the "hidden curriculum" with evidence-based practice are important.

CONCLUSION:

A whole-program approach may be necessary to create the conditions required in postgraduate training to produce evidence-based psychiatrists.

PMID:
19190291
DOI:
10.1176/appi.ap.32.6.470
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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