A survey of the interactions between psychiatry residency programs and the pharmaceutical industry
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Adolescent Psychiatry; Child Psychiatry; *Drug Industry; Education; Humans; Internship and Residency; *Interprofessional Relations; *Questionnaires; Time Factors
OBJECTIVE: The authors report a survey of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT) on interactions between the pharmaceutical industry and psychiatry residency programs.
METHODS: American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training membership was anonymously surveyed by e-mail and by paper distribution at the 2002 annual meeting.
RESULTS: Twenty-seven percent of AADPRT members participated. Lunches for residents were the most common interaction, reported by 93% of programs, nearly all of which permitted literature and gifts to be distributed. Only 4% required faculty to be present. Retreats (27%) and travel funds (34%) were sponsored less frequently. One third of programs had written policies governing these interactions, but half of respondents did not know if their parent institutions had such policies. A minority of programs (40%) had formal didactic instruction for residents on this topic. Support for more information, direction, and teaching was widespread.
CONCLUSIONS: The authors recommend more structured teaching and the establishment of formal program and institutional policies to govern these interactions.
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Citation: Acad Psychiatry. 2005 Spring;29(1):40-6. Link to article on publisher's site