Training psychiatry residents in quality improvement: an integrated, year-long curriculum

Acad Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 1;37(1):42-5. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.11120214.


OBJECTIVE The authors describe a curriculum for psychiatry residents in Quality Improvement (QI) methodology. METHODS All PGY3 residents (N=12) participated in a QI curriculum that included a year-long group project. Knowledge and attitudes were assessed before and after the curriculum, using a modified Quality Improvement Knowledge Assessment Tool (QIKAT) and a QI Self-Assessment survey. RESULTS QIKAT scores were significantly higher for residents after participating in the curriculum when compared with pretest scores. Self-efficacy ratings in QI improved after the course for each item. Residents demonstrated gains in QI skills through participation in the group projects in which they increased rates of depression-screening and monitoring in an outpatient clinic. CONCLUSIONS Combining didactic and experiential learning can be an effective means for training psychiatry residents in QI.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / standards*
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Quality Improvement / standards*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors