Admission patterns by psychiatric trainees. Are women patients as likely as men to be admitted for major mental illness?

Shajahan, P. M., MacIntosh, A. M. and Cavanagh, J. T.O. (2000) Admission patterns by psychiatric trainees. Are women patients as likely as men to be admitted for major mental illness? Psychiatric Bulletin, 24(2), pp. 59-61. (doi: 10.1192/pb.24.2.59)

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Abstract

AIMS AND METHODS: We hypothesised that the increased admission rate for men with major mental illness may be the result of men being preferentially admitted by psychiatrists. A questionnaire survey was devised and 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.<p></p> RESULTS: 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.<p></p> CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: The increasing admission rates for men with major mental illness is unlikely to be due to admission bias by trainees.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cavanagh, Professor Jonathan
Authors: Shajahan, P. M., MacIntosh, A. M., and Cavanagh, J. T.O.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Psychiatric Bulletin
Publisher:Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN:2053-4868
ISSN (Online):2053-4876

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