DSM-III in the training of British psychiatrists: a national survey.
Macaskill N., Geddes J., Macaskill A.
All 223 psychiatric clinical tutors in the UK were surveyed on their use of DSM-III in their postgraduate training programmes. Results indicate that DSM-III is widely used in clinical training to some extent in the majority of schemes (73%) and in the schemes where it is used it is rated as moderately useful by nearly everyone (93%). DSM-III is generally perceived to have positive effects on learning basic elements of psychopathology and in offering a common language for diagnostic discussion. Interestingly only 16% of users felt that DSM-III was so complicated that it impeded rather than facilitated the teaching of diagnosis. Few schemes provide specific teaching courses and case conferences provide the major forum for teaching DSM-III.