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J Nurses Prof Dev. 2019 Feb 7. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000520. [Epub ahead of print]

Malaysian Nurses' Attitudes Toward Suicide and Suicidal Patients: A Multisite Study.

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Ching Sin Siau, MA, is PhD Candidate, Faculty of Health Sciences, National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Lei-Hum Wee, PhD, is Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tassha Hilda Adnan, BSc(Hons), is Statistician, National Clinical Research Center, Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Seen Heng Yeoh, MMed, is Psychiatrist and Associate Professor, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Selangor, Malaysia. Komathi Perialathan, MS, is Researcher, Institute of Behavioral Health Research, Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Suzaily Wahab, MMed, is Psychiatrist and Associate Professor, National University of Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine Malaysian nurses' attitudes toward suicide. Nurses from five hospitals participated in this study. Studying the attitudes of nurses toward suicidal patients and its application to nursing professional development practitioners is an important topic. Most nurses were agreeable to assuming responsibility and to be trained in suicide prevention. Suicide-related training should focus on improving the attitudes of nonpsychiatric nurses, those with no experience in caring for suicidal patients, and those with less nursing experience, all of whom reported more negative attitudes toward suicidal patients.

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