Perception of substance use disorder training: a survey of general psychiatry residents in Nigeria

CHIKEZIE, Eze U, EBUENYI, Ikenna D, ALLAGOA, Erefagha Leonardo P and ONYEKA, Ifeoma (2021). Perception of substance use disorder training: a survey of general psychiatry residents in Nigeria. Academic Psychiatry, 45 (3), 360-365.

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OBJECTIVE: Substance use disorder (SUD) is a global concern. Evidence from high-income countries suggests that SUD training for psychiatry residents is less than optimal but it is unknown whether the situation is different in low-/middle-income settings. This study assessed psychiatry residents' perception of their SUD training. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among general psychiatry residents in Nigeria from November 2018 to May 2019. Data were collected through self-completion of an English-language questionnaire with multiple-choice and open-ended questions administered face-to-face and online. RESULTS: A total of 51 participants completed the questionnaire, mean age 33.6 years and 76.5% men. Most participants (70.6%) expressed interest in addiction psychiatry, and 47.1% perceived their SUD training as inadequate. When asked to rate satisfaction with the SUD training they have received so far, 52.9% were unsatisfied, and the absence of in-house SUD training (29.4%) was the leading cause of dissatisfaction. For those who were satisfied, the most common reasons were availability of SUD training and treatment-related factors (31.4%). The most frequent suggestions for making addiction psychiatry subspecialty attractive to psychiatry residents were provision of SUD treatment units, structured SUD training, and continuity of such training. Equipping existing SUD treatment units and creating more treatment units were the most common suggestions for improving current SUD training. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated a high level of interest in addiction psychiatry, but satisfaction with SUD training was mixed. Addressing causes of dissatisfaction and areas suggested for improvement would be necessary to sustain interest.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Addiction psychiatry; Addiction training; Psychiatry residents; Satisfaction; Substance use disorders; Adult; Cross-Sectional Studies; Female; Humans; Internship and Residency; Male; Nigeria; Perception; Psychiatry; Substance-Related Disorders; Surveys and Questionnaires; Humans; Substance-Related Disorders; Cross-Sectional Studies; Perception; Psychiatry; Internship and Residency; Adult; Nigeria; Female; Male; Surveys and Questionnaires; 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy; Psychiatry
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Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2022 14:43
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