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Personal digital assistants in psychiatric education

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los √Āngeles, California, United States
Academic Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 0.81). 12/2006; 30(6):516-21. DOI: 10.1176/appi.ap.30.6.516
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ABSTRACT Objective: This article describes the various administrative and clinical applications for PDA use in psychiatric care and review the process for implementation in an academic medical center. Method: The authors reviewed the psychiatric literature and tested various hardware and software products. Results: The literature describes various uses of the PDA as a reference tool, in clinical care, and in training documentation. Conclusions: The PDA is capable of numerous vital roles in medical education.

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