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The Public Psychiatrist as Researcher 

The Public Psychiatrist as Researcher
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The Public Psychiatrist as Researcher
Author(s):

Gopalkumar Rakesh

and Marvin Swartz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190907914.003.0009
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date: 21 May 2022

Most psychiatrists undergo 4 years of residency training after medical school before being eligible to practice independently. Apart from basic training in biostatistics and exposure to research methodology in a few training programs, most trainees spend their training primarily taking care of patients. As attending, most psychiatrists have little time for research. However, psychiatrists in the community offer an important resource for clinical trials. Collaborating with a pharmaceutical company or university hospitals requires an understanding of basic concepts in biostatistics and interpretation of study results. This chapter is intended to empower community psychiatrists in research collaborations. In addition to a statistics refresher, the chapter elucidates the history, terminology, and methodological nuances of clinical trial design. It discusses how to address ethical concerns and fulfill ethical requirements for initiating research studies. Finally, it describes notable clinical trials in psychiatry, how community-based centers can be a valuable research resource, and how technology can complement these endeavors in the community.

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