The purpose of this study was to compare the psychotropic prescribing practices of family physicians and psychiatric physicians, and to assess their satisfaction with education about psychotropic prescribing.
A survey was mailed to 461 active members of the Minnesota Psychiatric Society and to a randomized sample of461 active members of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians.
Major depression, panic disorder, and dementia with behavioral disturbance were selected for study.
For each disorder, we asked for the estimated number of patients seen and treated as well as a list in order of preference of the three medications they most commonly use.
Those surveyed were also asked about their level of satisfaction with the training they received in medical school, residency, and continuing medical education (CME) courses on the topic of psychotropic prescribing.
The two physician groups reported similar prescribing practices for the single-drug treatment of depression.
Family physicians more frequently prescribed minor tranquilizers and older generation psychotropics than did psychiatrists when treating panic disorder and dementia with behavioral disturbance.
Patients with depression were the least likely to be referred to other health professionals.
Neither physician group was satisfied with medical school education in this area ; family physicians were less satisfied with residency training and in related CME courses than were psychiatric physicians. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Psychiatre, Etude comparative, Médecin généraliste, Pratique professionnelle, Prescription médicale, Psychotrope, Satisfaction, Attitude, Programme enseignement, Personnel sanitaire, Minnesota, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Santé mentale, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychiatrist, Comparative study, General practitioner, Professional practice, Medical prescription, Psychotropic, Satisfaction, Attitude, Educational program, Health staff, Minnesota, United States, North America, America, Mental health, Human
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Cote : 99-0084600
Code Inist : 002B02B02. Création : 31/05/1999.