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Table 3 MICA 1 baseline and follow-up median disagreement and significance

From: Impact of a psychiatry clerkship on stigma, attitudes towards psychiatry, and psychiatry as a career choice

  Baseline Follow-up Baseline (%) Follow-up (%) Wilcoxon
(Median) (Median) SA; A; SWA; SA; A; SWA;
SWD; D; SD SWD; D; SD
Q1. I just learn about psychiatry because it’s in the exam and would not bother reading additional material on it 4 4 1; 2.5; 30; 2; 7.5; 17; NS
24; 32; 10.5 38.5; 24; 11
Q2. People with a severe mental illness can never recover enough to have a good quality of life 5 4.5 1; 3; 5; 3; 6.5; 11; 0.001**
26.5; 40.5; 24 29; 38; 12.5
Q3. Psychiatry is just as scientific as other field of medicine 3 3 6; 42; 35; 7; 35.5; 27; 0.046**
13; 3; 1 21; 8.5; 1
Q4. If I had a mental illness I would never admit this to any of my friends for fear of being treated differently 3 4 4; 13; 39; 2.5; 9; 32; NS
18; 20; 6 28.5; 23; 5
Q5. People with a severe mental illness are dangerous more often than not 5 5 0; 4.5; 15; 0; 6.0; 14.5; NS
29; 40; 11.5 29; 41; 9.5
Q6. Psychiatrists know more about the lives of people treated for a mental illness than do family members of friends 3 3 2; 16; 44.5; 4.5; 15; 34; NS
24.5; 11; 2 28; 17; 1.5
Q7. If I had a mental illness I would never admit this to any of my colleagues for fear of being treated differently 3 3 8; 23; 42; 9.5; 20.5; 37.5; NS
18; 7; 2 20; 10.5; 2
Q8. Being a psychiatrist is not like being a real doctor 5 5 0; 2; 10; 1; 1; 8.5; NS
18; 14; 28 21; 41.5; 27
Q9.If a psychiatrist asked me to treat people with a mental illness in a disrespectful manner, I would not follow their instructions 2 2 36; 42; 15; 39; 40.5; 11.5; NS
2.5; 2.5; 2 4.5; 2; 2.5
Q10. I feel as comfortable talking to a person with a mental illness as I do those with physical illness 4 3 4.5; 18; 23; 12.5; 36; 27; 0.0001*
38.5; 15; 1 19; 4.5; 1
Q11. It is important that any doctor supporting a person with a mental illness also assesses their physical health 2 1 31.5; 53.5; 14; 52; 40.5; 6.5; 0.0001*
0; 1; 0 1; 0; 0
Q12. The public does not need to be protected from people with a severe mental illness 4 4 1; 11; 24.5; 2; 10; 20; 0.041**
43; 19; 12 34; 22.5; 11.5
Q13. If a person with a mental illness complained of physical symptoms, I would attribute it to their mental illness 5 5 0; 1; 7; 0; 2; 6.5; NS
33; 49; 10 34.5; 41; 16
Q14. GP’s should not be expected to complete assessment for people with psychiatric symptoms as they can be referred to a psychiatrist 5 5 0; 2; 11; 1.5; 3; 7; NS
29; 46; 12 32.5; 42; 14
Q15. I would use the terms ‘crazy’, ‘nutter’, ‘mad’ etc. to describe people with a mental illness who I have seen in my work 5 5 1.5; 4.5; 11; 1.5; 7; 15.5; NS
18; 35; 30 23; 26.5; 26.5
Q16. If a colleague told me they had a mental illness I would still want to work with them 2 2 21; 57; 18; 31.5; 48.5; 15; NS
2; 1; 1 3.5; 1.5; 0
  1. 1MICA – Mental Illness Clinicians Attitudes scale SA = strongly agree (1); A = agree (2); SWA = somewhat agree (3); SWD = somewhat disagree (4); D = disagree (5); SD = strongly disagree (6).
  2. *significance demonstrates less stigma post clerkship; **significance demonstrates more stigma post clerkship.