Training directors' and registrars' views on research training in Australasian psychiatry

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Abstract

Objective

To determine to what extent research skills are taught and how they are taught to psychiatrists-in-training across Australasia.

Method

Anonymous mail-out survey of training directors and trainee representatives on local training committees.

Results

The questionnaire was completed by 20 of 23 directors (response rate = 87%) who reported on 522 trainee psychiatrists. Formal seminars or lectures and journal clubs were the most commonly adopted methods of teaching (90% and 70% of programs respectively) while only two programs formally required trainees' participation in research. Epidemiological research methods, critical appraisal skills, ethical issues, and research design were the topics most commonly taught formally, and these were taught in 80% of programs or less. Only 33 (6.3%) trainees were involved in a research project that involved data collection.

Conclusions

Research skills were rather uniformly taught. The results are discussed in relation to identified areas for improvement.

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