Teaching psychosocial issues to medical house staff: A liaison program on an oncology service

Robert E Hales, Jonathan F. Borus

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In a one-year controlled study, the authors assessed the impact of an active consultation-liaison teaching program on the attitudes of medical house officers toward psychosocial issues related to the care of oncology patients, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and its importance for them and their patients. Fifty medical interns, residents, and fellows, divided into a test group (N = 25) and a control group (N = 25), were followed during a one year period. A 52-item questionnaire was administered to test group subjects before and after a one- to two-month clinical rotation on the hematology/oncology service, and to the control group members at similar intervals. After their experience with consultation-liaison psychiatry, the test group members showed a significant positive change in the importance they placed upon psychiatric consultations, case presentations and the role of psychiatrists in the development of their attitudes toward the psychological case of cancer patients. The house officers also recorded significant positive changes in their attitudes toward the effectiveness and role of the consultation-liaison service in educating and assisting them in learning more about psychosocial issues. The control group demonstrated no significant change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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