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The Role of General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention—What You Said and Did then Actually Saved My Life

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Department of Acute Medicine, Oslo University Hospital, 0424 Oslo, Norway
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Faculty of Health, VID Specialized University, 0319 Oslo, Norway
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Academic Editor: Toshio Hattori
Reports 2021, 4(3), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/reports4030023
Received: 21 May 2021 / Revised: 2 August 2021 / Accepted: 3 August 2021 / Published: 6 August 2021
Background: General practitioners (GPs) have an important role in the prevention of suicidal behavior. The purpose of this study was to explore their views and experiences in identifying and assessing suicidal ideation. Methods: Ten GPs were recruited through convenience sampling based on accessibility, interest and willingness to participate. In-depth interviews were carried out, and the results were transcribed verbatim. Aspects of experiences with suicidal patients emerged through the thematic analysis process. Results: The GPs described the varied clinical picture when patients presented in their office. How they identified depressive symptoms apart from originally somatic complaints included forming a trusting relationship and addressing suicide ideation. They described customized interventions as well as obstacles and factors that facilitated communication, including time, their own personal traits, patient’s disclosure and organizational barriers. Conclusions: The levels of the suicidal process among patients in general practice vary greatly. GPs adjust their appraisals to profoundly understand and intervene to prevent a crisis of escalation into subsequent suicidal behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: general practitioners; suicide prevention; qualitative method general practitioners; suicide prevention; qualitative method
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Styrvold, M.; Grimholt, T.K. The Role of General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention—What You Said and Did then Actually Saved My Life. Reports 2021, 4, 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/reports4030023

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Styrvold M, Grimholt TK. The Role of General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention—What You Said and Did then Actually Saved My Life. Reports. 2021; 4(3):23. https://doi.org/10.3390/reports4030023

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Styrvold, Marte, and Tine K. Grimholt 2021. "The Role of General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention—What You Said and Did then Actually Saved My Life" Reports 4, no. 3: 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/reports4030023

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