January - March 2021

Interns and Resident doctors’ Attitude Towards Psychiatry

Dhiraj Kandre1*, Ramashankar Yadav2

1MD Psychiatry, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, GMERS Medical College, Himatnagar, 2MD Psychiatry, Consultant, Psychiatrist, Hospital for Mental Health, Ahmedabad



BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In India 30%-50% patients seen by general physician have primary or co-existing of psychiatric condition. Interns and resident doctors are doctors of tomorrow so how they deal with psychiatric patients is determined by their attitude towards psychiatry and psychiatric patients. METHOD: A cross sectional quantitative study was carried out in Teaching Medical Institute. Medical students were given a data collection sheet which had a consent form, general information and socio-demographical data and attitude towards psychiatry (ATP 30) questionnaire. ATP30 is a Likerts  type scale in which respondents express their agreement or disagreement to 30 items. RESULTS: 431 students were included in the study. . Out of 431 participants, 106 are intern doctors, 105 are 1st year resident doctors, 105 are 2nd year resident doctors, and 115 are 3rd year resident doctors. Mean ATP score of whole sample is 100.23. Age (P=0.006), designation and psychiatry posting (P<0.001) were found to be significantly associated (P<0.001) with attitude towards psychiatry. DISCUSSION: Resident doctors’ attitude was more favorable and positive than intern doctors. As having more years of medical education can be responsible for more positive and less stigmatizing attitude towards psychiatry.Psychiatry posting has a positive impact on attitude towards psychiatry. Interns and resident doctors have shown neutral to positive attitude towards psychiatry and positive influence of psychiatry posting on attitude; suggest further exposure to psychiatry and psychiatric patients can change their attitude from neutral to positive.


Keywords: attitude, psychiatry, interns, resident doctors

Keywords: Interns and Resident

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