The aim of this study was to provide a name for a psychiatric service for older people in Dublin. A total of 296 individuals (167 doctors, 129 workshop attendees) were surveyed regarding their views on a name for the service.
‘Age-related psychiatry’ was a universally popular term. It was chosen by 43% of general practitioners, 56% of hospital doctors and 44% of the workshop attendees, as one of their top three choices. ‘Psychiatry of old age’, ‘geriatric psychiatry’ and ‘psychogeriatrics' were unpopular with all three groups.
Names can gradually become stigmatising over time. This applies to the terms for ‘old’ and ‘psychiatry’. In this survey all groups surveyed rejected some of the terms in widespread clinical use.
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