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Computers in Psychiatry

Edited by Fionnbar Lenihan

Price: £0.00

College members' price: £0.00

Published: Mar 2006

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 222

ISBN: 9781904671213

Computers in Psychiatry

Please note that this book is now out of print and copies are no longer available for you to buy (as of Dec 2011). 

This page remains in order that anyone who has already purchased the book, may still access the resources in the 'extra website' (just below).

Extra website for Computers in Psychiatry

This 'mini-site', written by the book's main editor, contains a corresponding page to the majority of chapters. There is complementary information and links to every website mentioned in the book (to save you typing in long URLs), plus some additional content that came after the book was published.

Enter the 'Computers in Psychiatry - Extra' site

At its heart, a psychiatrist’s work is about communicating. Failures in communication have led to well-publicised failures in care. The new technologies of communication can hopefully lead to better care. To realise these hopes, however, psychiatrists need a computer book aimed at intelligent professionals, not ‘dummies’. This is that book.

It differs in being produced by mental health professionals for mental health professionals. While the book starts with basic computer skills it goes on to focus on specific areas of interest to psychiatrists, in order that the knowledge gained can confidently be used to support psychiatric practice. The reader is shown how to use a computer for data analysis, audit, report-writing, email and presentations. Issues of confidentiality and security are covered from both a legal and a technical point of view, while forthcoming developments in NHS information technology are fully explained.



1. Basics - Fionnbar Lenihan and Conor Darcy
2. Buying a computer - John Bourke
3. Word processing: the next steps - Fionnbar Lenihan
4. Presentation software - Justine McCulloch
5. Spreadsheets - Karen Tingay
6. Databases - Karen Tingay
7. Research, computers and statistics programs - Stuart Leask
8. Reference management software - James Woolley
9. Mobile computing - Fionnbar Lenihan and Matt Evans
10. Internet resources for psychiatrists - Gurpal Singh Gosall
11. Electronic mail - Bettadapura Ashim and Sindhu Ashim
12. Legal issues pertaining to the use of information technology within psychiatry - David Harris
13. Keeping your computers secure - Michael G. Madden
14. Clinical information systems and the psychiatrist - Martin Elphick and Matt Evans
15. Future developments - Bruce Taylor

"Overall, this is a very good and useful book, well-written in a light, discursive style and amply illustrated with useful diagrams and screenshots.  It should be a useful addition to any psychiatrist's library (and that of other clinicians too!) and we would heartily recommend it."

British Journal of Psychiatry

"My usual reaction when faced with a book of this sort is to snort in irritation and to doubt if it can teach me anything...however, this book proved me wrong.  ...A modestly priced and well written book that will help beginners to find their feet and more skilled users to broaden their view of what this still complex technology can do for them."

Psychiatric Bulletin

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