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Catatonia Education: Needs Assessment and Brief Online Intervention



There are no studies investigating physicians’ knowledge of catatonia. The authors aimed to assess and increase physicians’ awareness of catatonia.


A survey with clinical questions about catatonia was administered, followed by a brief online teaching module about catatonia and a post-education survey.


Twenty-one psychiatry residents (response rate, 70%) and 36 internal medicine residents (response rate, 34%) participated in the pre-education survey. Psychiatry residents identified 75% of the correct answers about catatonia, compared to 32% correct by internal medicine residents (p < 0.001). Twenty participants (response rate, 35%) completed the online education module and second survey, which resulted in a significant improvement in correct response rates from 60 to 83% in all the participants (p < 0.001).


Residents’ baseline knowledge of catatonia is low, particularly among internal medicine residents. A brief online module improved resident physicians’ knowledge of catatonia. Educational strategies to improve recognition of catatonia should be implemented.

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Cooper, J.J., Roig Llesuy, J. Catatonia Education: Needs Assessment and Brief Online Intervention. Acad Psychiatry 41, 360–363 (2017).

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  • Catatonia
  • Education
  • Neuropsychiatry