We hypothesised that the increased admission rate for men with major mental illness may bethe result of men being preferentiallyadmitted by psychiatrists. A questionnaire survey was devisedand sent to all psychiatric trainees on the South-East Scotland rotation. The questionnaire contained a series of psychiatric vignettes representing conditions varying in severity of risk.
Seventy-eight per cent responded to the questionnaire. Trainees were more likely to admit patients representing a greater degree of risk irrespective of the gender of the patient.
The increasing admission rates for men with major mental illness is unlikely to be due to admission bias by trainees.
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