The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Baywood Publishing

Journal description

The goal of the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine is to address the complex relationships among biological, psychological, social, religious and cultural factors in patient care. The aim of the Journal is to provide a forum where researchers and clinicians in psychiatry, medicine, and surgery from around the world can educate each other and advance knowledge concerning biological, psychological, and social theory, methods, and treatment as they apply to patient care. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: psychobiological, psychological, social, religious, and cultural modifiers of illness; the minor and moderate mental disorders seen and treated in medical practice; doctor-patient interactions; ethical issues in medicine; biomedical etiologies of mental symptoms; research from successful collaborative, multidisciplinary models such as geriatrics; and, health services research. The Journal will publish original research, review articles, innovative educational programs, and illustrative case reports.

Current impact factor: 0.81

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 0.805
2012 Impact Factor 1.154
2011 Impact Factor 1.029
2010 Impact Factor 1.055
2009 Impact Factor 0.909
2008 Impact Factor 0.882
2007 Impact Factor 0.733
2006 Impact Factor 0.694
2005 Impact Factor 0.693
2004 Impact Factor 0.581
2003 Impact Factor 0.534
2002 Impact Factor 0.794
2001 Impact Factor 0.714
2000 Impact Factor 1.033
1999 Impact Factor 1.207
1998 Impact Factor 0.63
1997 Impact Factor 0.944
1996 Impact Factor 1.082
1995 Impact Factor 0.918
1994 Impact Factor 0.741
1993 Impact Factor 0.552
1992 Impact Factor 0.797

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.28
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.06
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.36
Website International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, The website
Other titles International journal of psychiatry in medicine
ISSN 0091-2174
OCLC 1778043
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Baywood Publishing

  • Pre-print
    • Archiving status unclear
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be deposited in open access repositories
    • Can be deposited in password protected repositories only, subject to permission, 12 month embargo and restrictions
    • Password protected repositories must use the publisher's version/PDF
    • Publisher last contacted on 03/06/2014
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Several studies suggest that androgens are involved in the etiology of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this study, we investigated the ADHD symptoms in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a complex endocrine, hormonal, and metabolic condition associated with hyperandrogenism. Methods: Forty women between the ages of 18-35 years with PCOS were recruited for the study group. For comparison, 40 healthy women who had regular menses were included. Current and childhood ADHD symptoms were assessed by using the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) and Wender-Utah Rating Scale (WURS), respectively. Results: Women with PCOS had higher total ASRS and total WURS scores than controls. According to the WURS, the frequency of childhood ADHD was significantly higher in PCOS group than the control. ASRS: Hyperactivity-Impulsivity and WURS: Behavioral Problems/Impulsivity scores were significantly higher in women with PCOS. However there were no significant differences between groups in both current and childhood inattention scores. We found no correlations between ADHD symptoms and serum hormone levels including testosterone in women with PCOS. Conclusions: These results suggest that women with PCOS have higher ADHD symptoms. Further studies are needed to investigate the association between PCOS and ADHD.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 11/2015;
  • The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592349
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    ABSTRACT: Individuals with severe and persistent mental illness have increased morbidity and mortality and significant barriers to accessing health care. Although primary care providers deliver most health care for this population, residency training programs generally lack specialized training in this area. This article describes the approaches of two family medicine residency programs in addressing this educational gap. Each program collaborated with external organizations to create service models that would enhance patient access, while immersing residents in the care of patients with severe and persistent mental illness. Residents educated in these programs gain experience with an underserved population, practice advanced skills in managing complex medical and psychiatric illness, and increase knowledge from collaborative work in unique care settings. Further implementation of programs like these, and rigorous study of such programs, could have significant benefits for family medicine education and the care of patients with severe and persistent mental illness. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592353
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    ABSTRACT: Primary care providers are increasingly responsible for providing mental health care in the United States. For those patients who do receive specialty mental health services, the primary care provider functions as the main entry point into the mental health system. Given the persistent racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States, it is not surprising that mental health disparities also present a difficult challenge for both the U.S. health system and for frontline practitioners. Physicians-in-training require tools for rapid psychiatric assessment that will quickly identify pertinent symptom clusters and distinguish between major psychological disorders. It is incumbent on residency faculty to teach resident physicians how to provide culturally responsive mental health assessment and intervention/referral knowledge and skills toward the elimination of these disparities and toward patient-centered care. This article begins with an overview of health disparities and barriers to health and mental health care access, followed by a discussion of culturally responsive care including an example of a culturally responsive educational program in the United States that is directly targeting the problem of access in that geographic region. It concludes with a review of educational strategies for enhancing culturally responsive behavioral and mental health care by physicians in training. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592368
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    ABSTRACT: Integrating behavioral health care into the family medicine residency has had a dramatic impact on patient care, resident training, and physician effectiveness. With a cursory glance, it may seem that integrated behavioral health providers spend their days exclusively having 30-min office visits with patients. A full exploration, however, reveals that well-integrated behavioral health offers not only brief and effective visits with patients but also increased collaboration, better patient comanagement, and multiple opportunities for resident learning. Behavioral health integration transforms the way in which medical providers at all levels of training work, teach, and conceptualize their future practice. In an internal survey of 33 medical providers in an integrated family medicine residency, 97% of respondents report they value behavioral health integration to such a degree that they are more likely to accept a job in a setting that offers integrated behavioral health. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592357
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    ABSTRACT: Primary care is the setting where the majority of patients seek assistance for their mental health problems. To assist family medicine residents in providing effective care to patients for mental health problems during residency and after graduation, it is essential they receive training in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common mental health conditions. While there is some limited education time with a psychiatrist in our department, residents need tools and resources that provide education during their continuity clinics even when the psychiatrist is not available. Information on two tools that were developed is provided. These tools include teaching residents a brief method for conducting a psychiatric interview as well as a means to access evidence-based information on diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions through templates available within our electronic medical record. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592350
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    ABSTRACT: Beginning behavioral science faculty, who are critical residency program contributors, face significant immediate challenges that often diminish their effectiveness and increase the time it takes to translate and reformat their expertise into relevant and meaningful educational presentations. Residency program culture and competency-based learning are quite different from the educational objectives and teaching environments found in most behavioral health training programs. The goal of this article is to provide beginning behavior science faculty, who are typically on their own and learning on the job, with a guide to the core educational perspectives and skills required as well as key resources that are available to them. Since a significant portion of behavioral science faculty's teaching time revolves around small and large group presentations, our guide focuses on how to incorporate key strategies and resources into relevant, evidenced-based and, most importantly, effective behavioral health presentations for the program's resident physicians. Specifically, our recommendations include selection of content, methods of content organization, techniques for actively engaging resident physicians in discussing the significance of the topics, and descriptions of numerous Internet resources for the primary mental health topics that concern family medicine trainees. Finally, it is emphasized that the relevant and effective use of these recommendations is dependent upon the behavioral science faculty educator's first understanding and appreciating how physicians' think, speak, and prioritize information while caring for their patients. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592370
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    ABSTRACT: Family medicine residents are at risk for burnout due to extended work hours, lack of control over their work schedule, and challenging work situations and environments. Building resiliency can prevent burnout and may improve a resident's quality of life and health behavior. This report describes a program designed to build resiliency, the ability to bounce back from stress, in family medicine residents in a medium sized U.S. residency training program. Interactive sessions emphasized building self-awareness, coping skills, strengths and meaning in work, time management, self-care, and connections in and outside of medicine to support resident well-being. System changes which fostered wellness were also implemented. These changes included increasing the availability of fresh fruits in the conference and call room, purchasing an elliptical exercise machine for the on call room, and offering a few minutes of mindfulness meditation daily to the inpatient residents. Results to date show excellent acceptance of the program by trainees, increased consumption of nutritious foods, more personal exercise, and self-reported decreased overreactions to stress. Resiliency programs can effectively serve to meet accreditation requirements while fostering residents' abilities to balance personal and professional demands. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592369
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    ABSTRACT: The Mood Disorder Clinic was started at the Cone Family Medicine Residency in 2004 with the threefold purpose of providing a patient care service to a largely uninsured or underinsured population; teaching Family Medicine resident physicians how to more accurately identify, diagnose, and treat mood disorders in their patients; and modeling a team-based approach to addressing mental stress, distress, and dysfunction in the primary care setting. The authors present the logistics of the clinic and the standard approach to mood issues that is taught to resident physicians. Formal feedback suggests that the resident physicians find the experience useful in developing psychiatric knowledge and skills. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592352
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    ABSTRACT: Suicide is a significant issue in the United States and worldwide, and its prevention is a public health imperative. Primary care practices are an important setting for suicide prevention, as primary care providers have more frequent contact with patients at risk for suicide than any other type of health-care provider. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, has developed a Suicide Prevention Toolkit and an associated training curriculum. These resources support the education of primary care providers in evidence-based strategies for identifying and treating patients at risk for suicide. The application of this curriculum to post-graduate medical training is presented here. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592362
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    ABSTRACT: Across the lifespan, alcohol misuse affects a large percentage of patients seen in primary care clinics. It can lead to alcohol use disorders, ranging from risky use to alcohol dependence. Alcohol use disorders frequently complicate acute and chronic illnesses of patients seen in FM clinics. Screening patients for alcohol and substance use has become a standard of practice in most primary care settings. This report describes how a family medicine residency program solidified a residency curriculum in substance abuse screening, assessment, and brief intervention by merging three presentation-style didactics into a blended approach. The curriculum combines didactic teaching, motivational interviewing, and behavioral rehearsal of clinical practice skills. Qualitative feedback suggests that the curriculum has been successful in exposing residents to a variety of practical assessment methods and, through rehearsal, has improved resident confidence in addressing alcohol use and misuse in a primary care population. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592363
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    ABSTRACT: This article describes the workshop "Teaching Child Psychiatric Assessment Skills: Using Mental Health Screening Instruments," presented at the 35th Forum for Behavioral Sciences in Family Medicine on 20 September 2014. The goals of the presentation were (1) to teach family medicine behavioral health educators to use both general and problem-specific mental health screening tools (MHSTs) in their work with trainees to help satisfy the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) mandate for behavioral and mental health experience during family medicine residency, (2) to reflect on how MHSTs might be integrated into the flow of family medicine teaching practices, and (3) to exemplify how evidence-based methods of adult education might be used in teaching such content. One general MHST, the Pediatric Symptom Checklist-17 and one problem-specific MHST for each of the four commonest pediatric mental health issues: for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, the Vanderbilt; for Anxiety, the Screen for Childhood Anxiety-Related Emotional Disorders; for Depression, the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 for teens; and for Aggression, the Retrospective-Modified Overt Aggression Scale, were practiced at least twice in the context of a clinical vignette. All of the selected MHSTs are free in the public domain and available for download from the website: Participants were asked to reflect on their own office practice characteristics and consider how MHSTs might be integrated into their systems of care. This workshop could be replicated by others wishing to teach the use of MHSTs in primary care settings or teaching programs. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592358
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    ABSTRACT: Family physicians provide care for about one-third of the children and adolescents in the United States, many of whom present with psychological concerns. Family physicians often do not recognize these psychological disorders and therefore do not diagnose or treat them. This report describes the implementation of a curriculum designed to increase family medicine trainees' level of awareness that children/adolescents experience psychiatric conditions. This goal is achieved through the addition of a clinical child/adolescent psychologist faculty member, resident self-assessment of training needs and subsequent development of didactic presentations to address these needs. The curriculum relies on the acquisition of child/adolescent psychiatric screeners, development of child/adolescent-focused bibliotherapy materials, and the development of a longitudinal behavioral sciences curriculum. To facilitate the screening of child/adolescent psychiatric disorders, a comprehensive collection of age-appropriate psychiatric screeners were compiled and made readily available in all precepting areas. To assist with the identification of specific child/adolescent psychiatric deficit areas, family medicine resident physicians were presented with an inventory of child/adolescent psychiatric, psychosocial, and behavioral topics, based upon American Academy of Family Practice guidelines and Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition psychiatric disorders, and self-selected training deficiencies. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/0091217415592360
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    ABSTRACT: Judicious selection of potential liver transplant candidates and close monitoring of progress are essential to successful outcomes. Pretransplant psychosocial evaluations are the norm, but the relationship between psychosocial (and neurocognitive status) and longer term medical outcomes is understudied. This exploratory study sought to examine the relationship between objective measures of pretransplant psychosocial and neurocognitive status and service utilization, transplant status, and all-cause mortality. This retrospective chart review examined outcomes among 108 psychiatric, high-risk liver transplant candidates up to four years following initial evaluation. Predictor variables of outcomes included demographic, medical, neurocognitive, psychological, and mental health treatment variables. Transplant status and neurocognitive functioning were independently associated with all-cause mortality. None of the other variables were associated with outcomes. Better neurocognitive functioning in high-risk liver transplant candidates may allow for greater involvement in medical care and/or compliance with treatment recommendations. More aggressive assessment and management of neurocognitive dysfunction may improve outcomes. Objective measures identified significant psychopathology typical of liver transplant candidates but were not associated with outcomes; engagement in specialized mental health care may have attenuated this relationship. Further study is needed to better understand the relationship between psychosocial functioning and outcomes. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; 49(4). DOI:10.1177/0091217415589304
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    ABSTRACT: In light of interpersonal difficulties and their relation to alexithymia in patients with somatoform disorder, the primary aim of this study was to explore the association between two insecure attachment strategies (deactivation and hyperactivation strategies), and affective and cognitive alexithymia in a sample of 128 patients with severe somatoform disorder, over and above the levels of negative affectivity and personality pathology. In a cross-sectional study among patients with somatoform disorder, self-report data were obtained using measures for alexithymia (Bermond-Vorst Alexithymia Questionnaire), attachment (Experiences in Close Relationships Questionnaire), personality pathology (Inventory of Personality Organization), and negative affectivity (Dutch Short Form of the MMPI). We used hierarchical regression analyses to test main effects of attachment deactivation and hyperactivation strategies in the prediction of both cognitive and affective alexithymia, while controlling for the levels of negative affectivity and personality pathology. Only cognitive alexithymia, i.e., the inability to analyze, identify, and verbalize emotions, was associated with personality dysfunction, in particular insecure attachment strategies. Affective alexithymia, i.e., the inability to fantasize and to experience emotions, was associated (negatively) with negative affectivity but not with the personality variables. This study, therefore, indicates that both types of alexithymia are relevant for the assessment and treatment of severe somatoform disorder, yet each type may tap into different features of somatoform disorder. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; 49(4). DOI:10.1177/0091217415589303
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    ABSTRACT: Although it has important relationships with psychiatric symptoms via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, there have been limited investigations of pituitary neuroimaging in psychiatric disorder. Moreover, there have been no studies of borderline personality disorder. In the present investigation, we examined pituitary gland volumes in patients with borderline personality disorder. Seventeen right-handed female patients with borderline personality disorder, selected among the patients who had presented to Firat University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry outpatient and inpatient clinics, and the same number of healthy control subjects were included in the present investigation. Pituitary gland volumes were manually detected. The results demonstrated that the mean volumes of the gland of the patients with borderline personality disorder were not significantly different than those of healthy control subjects (mean volume of 0.79 cm(3) in the patient group, with a value of SD ± 0.11 and 0.81 cm(3) in the healthy control group, with a value of SD ± 0.23; t = -0.21; p > 0.05). © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; 49(4). DOI:10.1177/0091217415589286
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    ABSTRACT: Religious and spiritual factors in intimate partner violence have received increasing attention. But are such factors related to outcomes in violent relationships? The purpose of this study was to assess the relative impact of spiritual symptoms and religious coping on attitudinal/behavioral and clinical outcomes among women in violent relationships. Adult women with a recent history of husband-to-wife physical abuse were recruited from six primary care clinics. Once enrolled, 200 subjects completed a baseline interview and daily assessment of level of violence, using the Interactive Verbal Response for 12 weeks. At the completion of the study, contact with each participant was attempted to determine whether she had either sought professional help or left the relationship. Three religious/spiritual variables were assessed at baseline-number of visits to a religious/spiritual counselor, religious coping, and severity of spiritual symptoms. Stepped multiple linear regression was used to explain factor-analyzed outcomes (coping and appraisals, hope and support, symptomatology, functional status, readiness for change, and medical utilization), adjusting for demographic, marital, childhood, mental health, and violence variables. After controlling for duration, severity and dynamics of violence, the use of spiritual resources, and the level of spiritual symptoms were associated with most attitudinal/behavioral and clinical outcomes, while religious coping was only associated with staying in the relationship. Religious and spiritual factors were associated with most outcomes. Spiritual symptoms had a consistently negative effect on outcomes while use of spiritual resources had variable effects. Religious coping was only associated with refraining from leaving the relationship. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; 49(4). DOI:10.1177/0091217415589297
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    ABSTRACT: Gabapentin, one of the antiepileptics, shows its effects via voltage-gated calcium channels. Sedation and mood elevation are among its side effects. The positive effects of antiepileptics such as valproate and carbamazepine as mood stabilizers have raised the hope that other antiepileptics may as well be efficacious in the treatment of mood disorders. However, relevant research data have not proven success of newer antiepileptics. This article presents the negative side effects of gabapentin such as psychotic and depressive symptoms, which occur shortly after its use. The use of gabapentin in mood disorders is discussed through these side effects. © The Author(s) 2015.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; 49(4). DOI:10.1177/0091217415589295
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    ABSTRACT: Objective While previous work has demonstrated elevation of both comorbid anxiety disorders and diabetes mellitus type II in individuals with serious mental illness, little is known regarding the impact of comorbid anxiety on diabetes mellitus type II outcomes in serious mental illness populations. We analyzed baseline data from patients with serious mental illness and diabetes mellitus type II to examine relationships between comorbid anxiety, glucose control as measured by hemoglobin A1c score, and overall illness burden.
    The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 06/2015; 49(4). DOI:10.1177/0091217415589307