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Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2011 Jul;47(3):117-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00278.x. Epub 2010 Nov 3.

The effects of the Gatekeeper Suicide-Awareness Program for nursing personnel.

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Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study evaluates whether a short training program can improve nurses' abilities to recognize and effectively respond to patients exhibiting suicidal behavior.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The study is a randomized controlled trial. Ninety-eight nurses in the experimental group attended the regular monthly continuing education class and a 90-min Gatekeeper Suicide-Awareness Program. Ninety-seven nurses in the control group only attended the regular monthly continuing education class. Before and after the different educational interventions, all the nurses were asked to complete a questionnaire to link demographic data and to access their awareness of suicide warning signs and their responses if encountering a potentially suicidal individual.

FINDINGS:

Nurses who participated in the Gatekeeper Suicide-Awareness Program were much more aware of suicide warning signs and more willing to refer patients for professional counseling.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

We suggest that nursing personnel's continuing education include a training program for suicide prevention.

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