Effects of patient suicide on psychiatrists: survey of experiences and support required
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Rachel Gibbons,Fiona Brand,Anne Carbonnier, Alison Croft, Karen Lascelles, Gislene Wolfart, Keith Hawton. Effects of patient suicide on psychiatrists: survey of experiences and support required. BJPsych Bulletin (2019) Page 1 of 6,
Aims and method Death of patients by suicide can have powerful effects on psychiatrists. We report the findings of a survey completed by 174 psychiatrists on the effects of patient suicide on their emotional well-being and clinical practice, and the support and resources they felt would be helpful. Results and clinical implications The death of a patient by suicide usually had a major effect on respondents. Clinical practice was often negatively affected, and over a quarter of respondents considered a change of career path as a result. There were some gender differences in responses, with women reporting more sense of responsibility for the deaths and a greater effect on their clinical confidence. Desired support included a senior suicide lead clinician, support during formal post-suicide processes, opportunity for reflection on practice, information about resources to support families and help communicating with families and friends of the deceased.
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