Promoting mental health competency in residency training

Nerissa Bauer, Paula D. Sullivan, Anna M. Hus, Stephen Downs

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Objective: To evaluate the effect our developmental-behavioral pediatrics (DBP) curricular model had on residents' comfort with handling mental health issues. Methods: From August 2007 to January 2010, residents participating in the Indiana University DBP rotation completed a self-assessment questionnaire at baseline and at rotation end. Residents rated their comfort with the identification, treatment, and counseling of mental health problems using a 5-point scale. Results: Ninety-four residents completed both self-assessments. At baseline, categorical pediatric residents possessed higher comfort levels toward identification (mean 2.8 vs. 2.3 for non-categorical pediatrics residents, p< 0.05), treatment (2.6 vs. 2.2, p< 0.05) and counseling of mental health issues (2.7 vs. 2.1, p< 0.005). Residents who were parents were also more comfortable. At rotation end, all residents showed significant improvements in self-rated comfort (4.0 vs. 2.6 for identification, p≤ 0.05; 4.0 vs. 2.4 for treatment, p≤ 0.05; and 4.0 vs. 2.4 for counseling, p≤ 0.05). This remained true regardless of being a categorical pediatric resident, a parent, or primary care-oriented. Conclusion: Our curricular model promotes residents' comfort with handling common mental health issues in practice. Practice implications: Increasing residents' comfort may influence the frequency of active discussion of mental health issues during well-child visits and lead to earlier diagnosis and needed treatment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

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Internship and Residency
Mental Competency
Mental Health
Pediatrics
Counseling
Therapeutics
Early Diagnosis
Primary Health Care
Parents
Identification (Psychology)
Self-Assessment

Keywords

  • Anticipatory guidance
  • Child behavior
  • Competency
  • Mental health
  • Primary care

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  • Medicine(all)

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Promoting mental health competency in residency training. / Bauer, Nerissa; Sullivan, Paula D.; Hus, Anna M.; Downs, Stephen.

In: Patient Education and Counseling, Vol. 85, No. 3, 12.2011.

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Bauer, Nerissa ; Sullivan, Paula D. ; Hus, Anna M. ; Downs, Stephen. / Promoting mental health competency in residency training. In: Patient Education and Counseling. 2011 ; Vol. 85, No. 3.
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