Does clinical exposure to patients in medical school affect trainee doctors' attitudes towards mental disorders and patients? - A pilot study

Susan M K Tan, Azmi Mohd. Tamil, J. P. Reddy, M. H. Shaharom, Rosdinom Razali, T. Maniam, Z. Z. Ruzanna, I. H. Minas

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Abstract

Stigmatising attitudes towards mental illness may improve with clinical exposure during medical school training. Attitudes of 48 fourth year medical students in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia were assessed before and after their compulsory attachment in Psychiatry, using the Attitude Towards Psychiatry-30 (ATP) and the Attitude towards Mental Illness (AMI) questionnaires. ATP scores improved significantly with training (104.8 and 114.4, pre- and post-attachment respectively) as did AMI scores (63.4 and 68.1 respectively). Both improvements were statistically significant. (ATP: z = 4.55, p < 0.0005) (AMI: z = 3.75, p < 0.0005). Attitudes towards mental illness appeared to have become more favourable with clinical training in psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-337
Number of pages10
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume60
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Does clinical exposure to patients in medical school affect trainee doctors' attitudes towards mental disorders and patients? - A pilot study. / Tan, Susan M K; Mohd. Tamil, Azmi; Reddy, J. P.; Shaharom, M. H.; Razali, Rosdinom; Maniam, T.; Ruzanna, Z. Z.; Minas, I. H.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 60, No. 3, 2005, p. 328-337.

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Tan, Susan M K ; Mohd. Tamil, Azmi ; Reddy, J. P. ; Shaharom, M. H. ; Razali, Rosdinom ; Maniam, T. ; Ruzanna, Z. Z. ; Minas, I. H. / Does clinical exposure to patients in medical school affect trainee doctors' attitudes towards mental disorders and patients? - A pilot study. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2005 ; Vol. 60, No. 3. pp. 328-337.
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