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ERIC Number: EJ814587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1328-4207
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Examination of What Clinicians Know
McKenzie, Kylie J.; Smith, David I.
Clinical Psychologist, v10 n2 p78-85 Jul 2006
Undetected posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has serious adverse consequences. General practitioners (GPs), psychologists, and psychiatrists all have an important part to play in recognising, assessing, and treating individuals with PTSD. The knowledge level of these clinicians was investigated using a purpose-designed PTSD Knowledge Questionnaire. Respondents included 59 GPs, 56 psychologists, and 39 psychiatrists who scored an average of 68%, 77%, and 79% of questions correct, respectively. As expected, GPs' knowledge was significantly lower than the other two groups, but no group demonstrated excellent knowledge and the knowledge of individual clinicians varied greatly. Strengths and deficits in knowledge areas are discussed in terms of the potential impact on individuals with PTSD, and implications for professional training. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia