Psychiatry Residents’ Use of Educational Websites: A Pilot Survey Study

Torous J, Franzan J, O’Connor R, Mathew I, Keshavan M, Kitts R, Boland R. Psychiatry Residents’ Use of Educational Websites: A Pilot Survey Study. Acad Psychiatry 2015. DOI 10.1007/s40596-015-0335-8.

Results indicate that psychiatry residents at the study site rely more on online educational resources than traditional printed resources such as textbooks. Residents reported using online resources in nearly all aspects of training, ranging from reading at home to working in the emergency department, inpatient unit, outpatient clinic, and consult service. UpToDate, PubMed, and Wikipedia were the three most utilized resources by residents and reflect the varied nature of the resources available to residents today.

UpToDate, a secondary source, was the most utilized resource, and residents gave it the highest rating for trustworthiness of recommendations. PubMed, a primary source, received the highest rating as source of personal learning but a lower ranking as a source of clinical decision-making in comparison to UpToDate.