Community Psychiatrists Who See Geriatric Patients: What's Training Got to Do with It?

Susan Lieff, Melissa Andrew, Richard Tiberius

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Abstract

Objective: This study examines the issues influencing psychiatrists' decisions to provide care to the under-served geriatric population. Methods: Community-based psychiatrists who see geriatric patients participated in focus group discussions exploring factors that influence the characteristics of their current practices. Results: Personal themes, environmental issues and quality of residency training emerged as important factors interacting in eventual practice choice. Major influences within training programs included teachers, diverse patient exposure and high-quality essential skills teaching. Conclusion: Residency program curricula might capitalize on these to better prepare residents and enhance the likelihood of graduates eventually choosing to incorporate geriatric patients into their practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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