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All 223 psychiatric clinical tutors in the UK were surveyed on their use of DSM-III in their postgraduate training programmes. Results indicate that DSM-III is widely used in clinical training to some extent in the majority of schemes (73%) and in the schemes where it is used it is rated as moderately useful by nearly everyone (93%). DSM-III is generally perceived to have positive effects on learning basic elements of psychopathology and in offering a common language for diagnostic discussion. Interestingly only 16% of users felt that DSM-III was so complicated that it impeded rather than facilitated the teaching of diagnosis. Few schemes provide specific teaching courses and case conferences provide the major forum for teaching DSM-III.

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Journal article


Int J Soc Psychiatry

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182 - 186


Attitude of Health Personnel, Curriculum, Education, Medical, Graduate, Humans, Mental Disorders, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychiatry, United Kingdom