A study of attitudes of 381 medical students attitudes toward medical students’ views of treatments for ‘schizophrenia’ and of patients’ rights to be informed about their condition and their medication, by John Read of the University of Auckland and colleagues at the University of Naples, finds that as students progress through medical school, they “labeling the case as ‘schizophrenia’ and naming heredity among its causes were associated with confidence in psychiatrists and psychiatric drugs. Naming psychological traumas among the causes was associated with confidence in psychologists and greater acknowledgment of users’ right to be informed about drugs.” The authors recommend a greater integration of psychological aspects into medical curricula.
Magliano, L., Read, J., Sagliocchi, A., Patalano, M., Oliviero, Effect of diagnostic labeling and causal explanations on medical students’ views about treatments for psychosis and the need to share information with service users. Psychiatry Research. Online August 5, 2013