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Acad Psychiatry. 2014 Dec;38(6):768-70. doi: 10.1007/s40596-014-0077-z. Epub 2014 Mar 8.

Teaching psychiatry residents about suicide loss: impact of an educational program.

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University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX, USA, hussam.jefeebahloul@gmail.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this report is to study the impact of a pilot educational event on psychiatry residents' attitudes towards suicidal patients, understanding of their family members' experience, and intended management of patients who died by suicide.

METHODS:

A panel of suicide loss survivors spoke to psychiatry residents during an educational event. Psychiatry residents who attended the event were asked to complete a survey after the event.

RESULTS:

About a third of residents (29.4 %) reported encountering a patient suicide during training. Overall, psychiatry residents subjectively felt the program had a positive impact on their understanding of suicide loss and on their attitudes towards suicide and towards engagement with family members of patients who died by suicide.

CONCLUSIONS:

The data collected in this study suggest that educational programs focused on patient suicide from the surviving families' perspective may have a positive impact on the attitudes and future practice of residents.

PMID:
24609801
DOI:
10.1007/s40596-014-0077-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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