Images of psychiatry and psychiatrists

11 01 2015

By: Stuart H, Sartorius N, Liinamaa T, the Images Study Group. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2015: 131: 21–28


Objective: This study surveyed medical teaching faculty to determine
their attitudes toward psychiatry and psychiatrists.
Method: We conducted a multisite survey of a probability sample of
1057 teaching medical faculty members from 15 academic teaching
centers in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia stratified by early,
middle, and late career stage. The average response rate across
countries was 65%.
Results: The outstanding findings were that 90% of respondents
considered that psychiatrists were not good role models for medical
students, 84% thought psychiatric patients were unsuitable to be
treated outside of specialized facilities, and 73% thought psychiatric
patients were emotionally draining. We noted statistically significant
differences by country, gender, career stage, and specialty.
Conclusion: These results highlight why recruitment into psychiatry is
problematic in many countries and suggest that greater attention should
be given to improving the perception of psychiatrists as good role
models and the efficacy of psychiatric treatments
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