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Acad Psychiatry. 2020 Mar 11. doi: 10.1007/s40596-020-01216-x. [Epub ahead of print]

Psychiatry Resident Attitudes Toward Practice Habit Data.

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Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.



This descriptive study queries the attitudes of psychiatry residents regarding provision of practice habit data to trainees by residency programs, as required by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Identifying trainee perspectives may assist program directors in tailoring practice habit data reporting to better engage residents and to increase resident-reported adherence to the ACGME requirement.


Residents at a large, hospital-based adult psychiatry training program completed an anonymous survey of attitudes regarding practice habit data, including perceptions of the residency program's current reporting, preferences toward mechanisms of delivering this data, and perceived relative utility of five hypothetical domains of practice habit data.


Of 61 eligible residents, 52 (85%) completed surveys. Only 29 (56%) recalled receiving prior-year individual practice habit data, and only 10 (19%) recalled receiving team-based data. Seventy-five percent desired more practice habit data. Out of five hypothetical thematic domains for practice habit reporting, residents preferred patient-oriented domains as opposed to process-oriented domains. Resident concerns about dissemination of these data included confidentiality, effect on evaluations, and difficulty translating data to changes in clinical practice.


Residents generally desire increased dissemination of practice habit data that focuses on patient-oriented measures such as adherence to disease-specific guidelines and is both individual and team-based. Residency programs may benefit their trainees and improve resident-reported adherence to the ACGME requirement both by taking resident preferences into account and by addressing concerns about confidentiality when providing practice habit data.


Clinical guidelines; Feedback; Graduate Medical Education; Practice habits


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