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Health Professionals Facing Suicidal Patients: What Are Their Clinical Practices?

Center for Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto, Porto 4200-135, Portugal
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(6), 1210;
Received: 10 April 2018 / Revised: 5 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 June 2018 / Published: 8 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Suicide Research)
Clinical work with suicidal people is a demanding area. Little is known about health professionals’ practices when faced with suicidal patients. The aims of this study were to: (1) describe the practices most likely to be adopted by professionals facing a suicidal patient and (2) analyze the differences according to professional characteristics (group, specific training on suicide, and experience with suicidal patients). A self-report questionnaire that was developed for this study was filled out by 239 participants. Participants were psychologists, psychiatrists, and general practitioners who work in different contexts: hospitals, public health centres, schools or colleges, and community centres. Principal components analysis, analyses of variance, and t-tests were used. Four components were identified: (1) Comprehensive risk assessment; (2) protocols, psychotherapy and connectedness; (3) multidisciplinary clinical approach; and, (4) family, explaining a total of variance of 44%. Positive associations between suicide-related variables (training and experience) and practices were found. In general, health professionals’ practices are evidence-based, however a relevant percentage of professionals can benefit from training and improve their practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: health professionals; suicidal patients; clinical practices health professionals; suicidal patients; clinical practices
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Rothes, I.; Henriques, M. Health Professionals Facing Suicidal Patients: What Are Their Clinical Practices? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1210.

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