Changing World, Changing Practices: How Do Psychiatry Trainees Adapt? The Example of French Psychiatry Trainees Regarding E-Psychiatry


CHU Lille; AFFEP (French psychiatry trainee association), Department of Adult Psychiatry, Lille, France

Lyon University Hospital, Lyon, France

Grenoble University Hospital, Grenoble, France

Grenoble University Hospital, Grenoble, France

Assitance Publique des Hopitaux de Paris, Paris, France


Introduction & Objective:  Nowadays, technology is almost always within immediate reach; changing everyday life: shopping, banking, socialization, education, healthcare,… Medicine is re-shaped by technology in all areas, including psychiatry training and care. The French psychiatric trainees association has decided to conduct a study to evaluate the uses, needs, and expectations of French junior psychiatrist regarding e-psychiatry.

Methods: We conducted an online Survey, sent by email to all psychiatry residents in France. A total of 646 responses were collected between June and November 2015, which represents an answer rate of 50.4%.  We explored 3 areas: pedagogy, clinical practice and security.

Results: More than 90% of trainees own at least two personal connected items among computer, laptop, smartphone, and touchscreen tablet. Regarding pedagogy, the most used resources are books (33%), online scientific papers (27%), mobile applications and professional websites (20%).

As for clinical practice, junior doctors are in favor of the promotion of web-based programs and mobile mental health technologies, even though a majority did not know their existence (56%) nor their indications, and had never used any of them (91%) at the moment of the study.

When it comes to professional electronic devices, trainees are far less connected: more than 20% do not have access to computerized tool on their workplace. Thus, 48% of trainees declared receiving professional data on their personal devices.  Two questions then arise: data security and the increased risk of burnout. Indeed, 65% of respondents access data at home outside of working hours, or even during holidays.

Conclusion: E-psychiatry opens the field of possibilities, whether in education or clinical practice. However, it is of the utmost importance to raise awareness about the potential risks, and to train junior psychiatrists to use these tools in the best possible way.