ERIC Number: EJ808473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
To Commit or Not to Commit: The Psychiatry Resident as a Variable in Involuntary Commitment Decisions
Sattar, S. Pirzada; Pinals, Debra A.; Din, Amad U.; Appelbaum, Paul S.
Academic Psychiatry, v30 n3 p191-195 Jun 2006
Objective: To study whether psychiatry residents' personal variables (such as age, gender, level of training, previous experience with patient suicide, or lawsuits) and their temperamental predispositions have an impact on their decisions to seek involuntary commitment. Method: In a prospective pilot study, all psychiatry residents in Massachusetts were surveyed using a questionnaire that assessed their risk-taking behavior and clinical vignettes of patients with risk of harm to self or others. Data were analyzed using chi-squares and t tests. Results: Level of training and the residents' risk-taking behavior may be linked to their likelihood to seek involuntary commitment. Conclusions: Psychiatric residency training should address nonpatient variables that might inappropriately influence the residents' decisions to seek involuntary commitment.
Descriptors: Psychiatry, Adolescents, Patients, Predictor Variables, Individual Characteristics, Surveys, Data Analysis, Risk, Physician Patient Relationship, Graduate Students, Medical Students, Decision Making
American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. 1000 Wilson Boulevard Suite 1825, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. Tel: 800-368-5777; Tel: 703-907-7856; Fax: 703-907-1092; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://ap.psychiatryonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts