The patient-oriented clinician-researcher: advantages and challenges of being a double agent
Department of Psychiatry
Curriculum; Education; Humans; *Physician-Patient Relations; Psychiatry; Research
The number of clinically trained individuals who perform research is declining. Although it is often observed that the clinician-researcher is necessary, the reasons are rarely discussed. In this article, the authors critically consider the complexities of the role of the patient-oriented clinician-researcher at the interface of behavioral health treatment and research. The authors note that patient-oriented clinician-researchers can serve as effective "bridgers" between the research and practice communities and can facilitate both the development of clinically relevant research and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments into routine clinical services. However, care needs to be taken to address the potential for ethical and role conflicts. Programs can encourage trainees to become clinician-researchers by providing opportunities for them to meet with patient-oriented clinician-researchers and by including coursework that raises their awareness of ethical and role conflicts and provides them with the skills needed to be effective "bridgers."
DOI of Published Version
Psychiatr Serv. 2006 Feb;57(2):249-53. Link to article on publisher's site
Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)
Yanos, Philip T. and Ziedonis, Douglas M., "The patient-oriented clinician-researcher: advantages and challenges of being a double agent" (2006). Psychiatry Publications and Presentations. 209.