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ERIC Number: EJ950866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-9670
Fostering Psychiatry in Ghana: The Impact of a Short Review Course through an International Collaboration
Laugharne, Jonathan; Appiah-Poku, John; Laugharne, Richard; Stanley, Susanne
Academic Psychiatry, v35 n6 p373-375 Nov 2011
Objective: The aim of the current study was to evaluate a short review course in psychiatry conducted at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology medical school and any change in student interest in a career in psychiatry. Method: Students were asked to complete a general psychiatric knowledge questionnaire before and immediately after the course. They were also asked to rate their attitude toward psychiatry as a career. The same questionnaire was readministered 1 month later. Results: The average results on the knowledge test pre-course was 52% (N=129) and post-course was 78% (N=122), constituting a 50% increase in knowledge for the average student. The proportion of students showing considerable interest in a psychiatric career increased from 19% pre-course to 32% post-course. At 1-month follow-up, the average result for the knowledge test was 76%, and considerable interest in psychiatry as a career was noted at 21%. Conclusion: Results indicate that the course significantly improved core psychiatric knowledge and that this improvement was retained after 1 month. An initial increase in interest in psychiatry as a career decreased almost to baseline at 1-month follow-up. Study limitations include the use of the same questionnaire at each stage knowledge was tested and the absence of a control group.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ghana