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Psychiatry trainees' attitudes, knowledge, and training in addiction psychiatry - a European survey

Orsolini, Laura, Rojnić Palavra, Irena, Papanti, Gabriele Duccio, Potočan, Matej, Quattrone, Diego, Martens, Matis, Sklenářová, Sandra, Levola, Jonna, Grichy, Leslie, Naughton, Sean, Grinevičiene, Indre Kotryna, Kuiters, Jelly Petra, Gondek, Tomasz M., Panfil, Anca-Livia, Borovcanin, Milica M., San Roman Uria, Alberto, Biskup, Ewelina, Sönmez Güngör, Ekin, Casanova Dias, Marisa, Tomori, Sonila, Banjac, Visnja, Marinova-Djambazova, Petra and Pinto da Costa, Mariana 2021. Psychiatry trainees' attitudes, knowledge, and training in addiction psychiatry - a European survey. Frontiers in Psychiatry 11 , 585607. 10.3389/fpsyt.2020.585607

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Background: Although psychoactive substance use disorders (PSUDs) are a domain of mental health, addiction psychiatry is only formally recognized as a subspecialty in a few European countries, and there is no standardized training curriculum.Methods: A 76-item questionnaire was developed and disseminated through an online anonymous data-collecting system and hand-to-hand amongst psychiatric trainees from the 47 European countries of the Council of Europe plus Israel and Belarus.Results: 1,049/1,118 psychiatric trainees from 30 European countries completed the questionnaire. Fifty-nine-point nine percent of trainees stated to have training in addictions. Amongst the trainees who described having training in addictions, 43% documented a not well-structured training and 37% an unsatisfactory training, mainly due to poor acquired knowledge. Overall, 97% of trainees stated that addiction represents a core curriculum for their training. Overall, general adult psychiatric trainees reported a better knowledge in addictions, compared to trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry.Conclusion: Despite a growing spread of PSUDs in European countries, addiction psychiatry is a relatively poorly trained field within psychiatry training programs. Further research should investigate reasons for poor training and timings of the educational activities to optimize experiential education training in addiction psychiatry.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Publisher: Frontiers Media
ISSN: 1664-0640
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 29 December 2020
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2021 14:42

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