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Diagnosing Mental Health Disorders in Primary Care: Evaluation of a New Training Tool

Abstract Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are highly prevalent illnesses that can result in profound impairment. While many patients with these disorders present in primary care, research suggests that physicians under-detect and suboptimally manage MDD and PTSD in their patients. The development of more effective training interventions to aid primary care providers in diagnosing mental health disorders is of the utmost importance. This research focuses on evaluating computer-based training tools (Avatars) for training family physicians to better diagnose MDD and PTSD. Three interventions are compared: a "choice" avatar simulation training program, a "fixed" avatar simulation training progr... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Satter, Rachel M. (Author) / Kinnier, Richard (Advisor) / Mackenzie, James (Committee member) / Claiborn, Charles (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Counseling psychology / Educational technology / Bioinformatics / Avatars / Education / Major Depressive Disorder / Physician / Posttraumatic Stress Disorder / Training
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 123 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Counseling Psychology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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