Survey Overview

Publication of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in May 2013 promises to change the practice of modern psychiatry and psychology.

Due to the critical importance of this issue, the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy and MyCME partnered together to conduct an attitudinal survey of clinicians. Groups of physicians and non-physicians shared their perceptions and attitudes about DSM-5, as well as their concerns about changing diagnostic criteria, insights on how they think it affects their clinical practice, and thoughts on what the biggest challenges are.

To download a copy of this survey, please click the orange "Free Registration" button located in the upper right hand corner and either login using your MGH Academy user name and password or create a free account. Once you are logged into the activity, click on the "Webinar" step and scroll down to download a copy of the survey.

A few survey highlights

  • 42% of clinicians indicate they have a high level of anticipation about the release of DSM-5
  • 2/3 of clinicians have some level of concern about understanding changes in diagnostic criteria
  • 40% of clinicians indicate some level of concern that it will take time to understand changes in DSM-5 and incorporate them into practice
  • A notably higher percentage of physicians says they’re very concerned (15%), compared with non-physicians (2%).