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Title: A survey of psychiatrists' attitudes towards the physical examination
Authors: Murray, Jonathan
Baillon, Sarah
Bruce, Janet
Velayudhan, Latha
First Published: 17-Jul-2015
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Citation: Journal of Mental Health, Early Online: 1–6
Abstract: Background: Studies have shown that most psychiatric patients do not receive a thorough physical examination (PE). Methods: Psychiatrists working with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust were surveyed to determine factors influencing the performance of PEs, including their attitudes toward conducting them. Results: Responses from 118/192 (61%) psychiatrists showed that most (96%) believe that the PE is important. The majority (72%) indicated that their PE skills had diminished since working in psychiatry and this was reported more by senior psychiatrists compared to junior trainees (85% vs 40%). 77% considered that a patient’s mental state should have a bearing on the type of PE the psychiatrist performs. Conclusions: Likely reasons for poor performance of PEs include: shortage of time and equipment, challenges associated with agitated or uncooperative patients, and possibly a degree of skill atrophy, especially in senior psychiatrists. Further research is needed to investigate if strategies addressing these factors would improve the standard of PEs on psychiatric patients.
DOI Link: 10.3109/09638237.2015.1057320
ISSN: 0963-8237
eISSN: 1360-0567
Links: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09638237.2015.1057320
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/32354
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, Informa Healthcare. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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