If your computer is essential to your professional life as a psychiatrist,
here's the online information service you've been waiting for. And even if
you've joined the world of bits and bytes only in starts and fits, this
service promises to convert you to the benefits of cyberspace in no
time—with no looking back.
That service is PsychiatryOnline, a collection of up-to-the-minute
psychiatric resources available by subscription from American Psychiatric
Publishing Inc. (APPI). Its centerpiece is the DSM library, which
includes DSM-IV-TR, case studies, and the Handbook of
PsychiatryOnline will be demonstrated during APA's 2005 annual meeting in
the APPI Bookstore in the Georgia World Congress Center.
Along with the DSM library, PsychiatryOnline gives access to the
full set of APA's practice guidelines, available in both comprehensive and
quick-reference formats. As APA approves new and revised practice guidelines,
they'll be added to the site, and subscribers will receive alerts about
significant developments and revisions. APA's recently approved Practice
Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Acute Stress Disorder and
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, not available in print compendiums, will be
available at PsychiatryOnline.
Moreover, the site features APPI's leading journals, including the
American Journal of Psychiatry, and books, such as the fourth edition
of Hales and Yudofsky's Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, which offers
integrated foundations in both psychology and neuroscience.
PsychiatryOnline is also an indispensable "lifelong learning"
center for preparing for board certification and recertification exams and for
earning CME credit. A self-assessment section allows you to create your own
exam from the question-and-answer companion to the Textbook of Clinical
Psychiatry. Your score is calculated and returned immediately with a
detailed explanation and topic-specific hot links to recommended readings for
The PsychiatryOnline interface allows you to execute a single search and
get results in both books and journals. All resources are
cross-referenced—that is, every section you view online is accompanied
by a "See Also" box that directs you to pertinent related
material. For example, when you review a diagnosis in DSM, you can
quickly connect to related material in the APA practice guidelines and the
most recent research findings in the the American Journal of
Psychiatry and other APA journals. References to journal material not
located in PsychiatryOnline will lead you to the article via PubMed.
PsychiatryOnline gives you information accessibility while on the move. Not
only can you use it from any computer, but you can download any section of any
publication on the site to your PDA. You also get access to full PDA versions
of three key titles: Quick Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From
DSM-IV-TR, Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and Quick Reference to
the APA Practice Guidelines. A custom index of your downloads is
automatically generated on your PDA, enabling you to organize your downloads
and quickly jump to the topic one you want.
If you don't want to wait for your PsychiatryOnline demonstration at the
annual meeting, you can view a site demo and purchase a subscription beginning
in April at<www.psychiatryonline.com>.
Two subscription packages are available for individuals: "DSM
Premium" gives access to all publications, and "DSM Premium
Plus" adds enhanced PDA access to the basic package. Fee information is
posted at the PsychiatryOnline Web site; APA members receive a substantial