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General practice training for psychiatrists

  • Tom Burns (a1), Trevor Silver (a2), Paul Freeling (a2) and Arthur Crisp (a2)
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Eighteen psychiatric trainees from St George's Hospital were placed in three local general practices for periods of six months each. The aim was to broaden their postgraduate education by an experience of primary care and to test the feasibility of such a scheme. Their assessments of the placement were canvassed by postal questionnaire. All considered the experiment a success but there were a number of problems. Resistance among the trainees was much greater than expected. Some of the relationships in practice posed problems for them and the ongoing demands of their psychiatric training exceeded the practices' expectations. Supervision by the GP trainers was rated very highly and old knowledge returned rapidly.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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General practice training for psychiatrists

  • Tom Burns (a1), Trevor Silver (a2), Paul Freeling (a2) and Arthur Crisp (a2)
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