Interprofessional differences in disposition decisions: Results from a standardized web-based patient assessment

Tristan Gorrindo, Elizabeth Goldfarb, Lydia Chevalier, Bettina B. Hoeppner, Robert J. Birnbaum, Benjamin Meller, Jonathan E. Alpert, John Herman, Anthony P. Weiss

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Objective: This study examined differences in disposition decisions among mental health professionals using a standardized Web-based simulation. Methods: Using a Webbased simulation that described, across users, the same complex psychiatric patient, credentialed clinicians in a psychiatry department conducted a violence risk assessment and selected a level of followup care. Results: Of 410 clinicians who completed the simulation, 60% of psychiatrists were more likely than other types of clinicians to select higher levels of care (inpatient or emergency services) for the standardized virtual patient (odds ratio52.67, 95% confidence interval51.67-4.25), even after adjustment for other factors. Virtual actions taken, such as contracting with the patient for safety and discussing hospitalization, elucidated these training differences. Conclusions: Training backgrounds were important determinants of clinicians' actions and the dispositions they recommended for a psychiatric patient at high risk of self-harm and harm to others in the educational setting and may suggest the need for further training to standardize and optimize care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)808-811
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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