May 20, 2013
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Trainees may not be familiar with DSM changes

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SAN FRANCISCO — Only one-fifth of psychiatry residents said they believed that they had adequate knowledge about the changes in the newly published DSM-5, according to new data presented here at the 2013 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting.

“Most of the trainees felt that they were unprepared for the changes in the DSM-5,” study researcher Manan Shah, MD, of the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va., said in an interview. “A lot of them did not even know that the new criteria that were being considered were even available for public review.”

Manan Shaw, MD 

Manan Shah

Shah and his mentor, Vishal Madaan, MD, surveyed all psychiatry residents and fellows enrolled in accredited training programs in Virginia over a 6-month period. Of those who responded (n=53), approximately half were beginner trainees and half were advanced trainees. The survey, which was approved by the University of Virginia institutional review board, consisted of 20 questions that asked about their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding the DSM-5.

Results indicated that about 62% of the trainees said they had used the DSM-IV, and 50% were satisfied with the fourth edition. Approximately half (47%) of the respondents were unaware that the preliminary draft revisions were available for public comment and review. Regardless of the participants’ training level, about 74% believed the changes in the DSM-5 would affect their training and education, and approximately 77% thought the new manual would affect their practice.

Only 19% of the participants believed they had adequate knowledge about the changes.

Shah said the updated manual should be incorporated into the curricula of training programs.

“In addition, most of the trainees felt that they would really like a published guide explaining these changes,” he said.

Madaan applauded the APA initiative to make the Train the Trainers program available to the local chapters, which will help quickly disseminate the new information to the psychiatrists and residents in practice.

For more information:

Shah M. #NR7-44. Presented at: American Psychiatric Association 166th Annual Meeting; May 18-22, 2013; San Francisco.

Disclosure: Shah reports no relevant financial disclosures.