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Orsolini, Laura and Rojnić Palavra, Irena and Duccio Papanti, Gabriele and Potočan, Matej and Quattrone, Diego and Martens, Matis and Sklenářová, Sandra and Levola, Jonna and Grichy, Leslie and Naughton, Sean and Kotryna Grinevičiene, Indre and Kuiters, Jelly Petra and Gondek, Tomasz M and Panfil, Anca-Livia and Borovcanin, Milicia M and San Roman Uria, Alberto and Biskup, Ewelina and Sönmez Güngör, Ekin and Casanova Dias, Marisa and Tomori, Sonila and Banjac, Visnja and Marinova-Djambazova, Petra and Pinto da Costa, Mariana (2021) Psychiatry trainees' attitudes, knowledge, and training in addiction psychiatry. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, p. 1315. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.585607.

External website: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt...


Background: Although psychoactive substance use disorders (PSUDs) are a domain of mental health, addiction psychiatry is only formally recognized as a subspecialty in a few European countries, and there is no standardized training curriculum.

Methods: A 76-item questionnaire was developed and disseminated through an online anonymous data-collecting system and hand-to-hand amongst psychiatric trainees from the 47 European countries of the Council of Europe plus Israel and Belarus.

Results: 1,049/1,118 psychiatric trainees from 30 European countries (including Ireland) completed the questionnaire. Fifty-nine-point nine percent of trainees stated to have training in addictions. Amongst the trainees who described having training in addictions, 43% documented a not well-structured training and 37% an unsatisfactory training, mainly due to poor acquired knowledge. Overall, 97% of trainees stated that addiction represents a core curriculum for their training. Overall, general adult psychiatric trainees reported a better knowledge in addictions, compared to trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Conclusion: Despite a growing spread of PSUDs in European countries, addiction psychiatry is a relatively poorly trained field within psychiatry training programs. Further research should investigate reasons for poor training and timings of the educational activities to optimize experiential education training in addiction psychiatry.

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