In preparation for the 2014 CAGP Strategic Planning Meeting, we wished to know what Canadian geriatric psychiatrists felt were the national clinical, educational, research, and policy priorities in late-life mental health. To achieve this aim, we conducted a 21-question mixed-methods paper/online survey of Canadian geriatric psychiatrists. Members of the CAGP board distributed paper copies of the survey to regional geriatric psychiatrists. Meanwhile, Secretariat Central (CAGP’s administrative assistants) collected the data and facilitated the dissemination of the online version of the survey to CAGP members.
We were very pleased that 109 Canadian geriatric psychiatrists answered our survey (a response rate of approximately 50%, where 10-15% is generally expected from such surveys). In large part, respondents had >10 years of attending staff experience (63.5%), were female (57%), were from Quebec (26%) or Ontario (43.5%), were from academic centres (>85%), and were current CAGP members (88%).
The main clinical priority was to have easy-to-access clinical guidelines, journals, and textbooks on the CAGP website. Educational priorities were to continue having the CAGP annual scientific meeting, as well as continuing the review course and online study groups. From a research perspective, respondents primarily wanted continued oral presentations at the annual scientific meeting. The most important advocacy activity was national and provincial lobbying for additional funding for late-life mental health care infrastructure (e.g., specialized units, additional non-psychiatrist team members). 70.4% of respondents had written or were planning to write the geriatric psychiatry FRCPC exam.
A full report of the methods and findings of this survey will be available in Fall 2014. In the full report, the top-3 priorities for clinical, educational, research and advocacy activities will be presented, as well as province-specific priorities and analyses examining psychiatrists’ interest in writing the geriatric psychiatry FRCPC examination. We would like to thank the CAGP board, Secretariat Central, and all the respondents for making this survey possible!
Soham Rej, MD
Posted: April 3, 2014