The feasibility of standardized patient assessments as a best practice in an academic training program

Melissa R. Arbuckle, Michael Weinberg, Kelli Jane K. Harding, Abby J. Isaacs, Nancy H. Covell, Deborah L. Cabaniss, Susan M. Essock, Lloyd I. Sederer

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Abstract

The use of standardized patient assessments (SPAs) in psychiatry is an emerging best practice. This column describes a survey of resident and faculty supervisors at a large academic department examining current practices, attitudes, and perceived barriers to incorporating SPAs into clinical practice. Although the study found that SPAs were not routinely used in clinical practice or supervision, residents and faculty were fairly optimistic about their potential value. The results suggest that educational initiatives should be integrated into clinical practice, start early within training, include both trainees and faculty supervisors, and set use of SPAs as an expected standard of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-211
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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