A proposal for a psychopharmacology–pharmacotherapy catalogue of learning objectives and a curriculum in Europe

Pierre Baumann, Marie Spies, Hans Jürgen Möller, Siegfried Kasper, I. Bitter, Gerd Laux

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Objectives Post-graduate training for specialisation in psychiatry and psychotherapy is part of a 4–6-year programme. This paper aims to inform on the general situation of teaching and training of psychopharmacology–psychopharmacotherapy in Europe. It presents the need for a psychopharmacotherapy education in psychiatric training programmes. Arguments as well as a proposal for a catalogue of learning objectives and an outline of a psychopharmacology curriculum are presented. Methods Based on their experience and on an analysis of the literature, the authors, experts in psychopharmacology–pharmacotherapy teaching, critically analyse the present situation and propose the development of a curriculum at the European level. Results Teaching programmes vary widely between European countries and, generally, teaching of psychopharmacology and pharmacotherapy does not exceed two-dozen hours. This is insufficient if one considers the central importance of psychopharmacology. A psychopharmacology–psychopharmacotherapy curriculum for the professional training of specialists in psychiatry and psychotherapy is proposed. Conclusions As the number of hours of theoretical teaching and practical training is insufficient, a catalogue of learning objectives should be established, which would then be part of a comprehensive curriculum at the European level. It could be inspired partly by those few previously proposed by other groups of authors and organisations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - ápr. 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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