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Suicide Prevention in Mental Health Services—A Qualitative Study of a Web Based Program for Mental Health Care Staff

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DOI: 10.4236/ojmp.2013.24027    3,525 Downloads   5,539 Views Citations

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Background: Further strategies are needed to deal with the high losses to suicide. New modalities should be explored within the context of suicide prevention. Aim: The aim of the study was to evaluate participants’ experiences of a web based program for mental health care staff, including its potential clinical relevance. Methods: Nineteen participants participated in five focus groups. Data was analyzed using content analysis. Results: The analysis showed participants’ experiences of the program’s contents and format (“Web Based Modules”, “Discussion Groups”) and practical value (“Clinical Relevance and Use”, “Effects on Communication and Climate”). Conclusions: The program partly increased awareness about risk factors and the importance of inquiring about suicide ideation/plans and documenting suicide assessments. Experiences of the clinical value were varying and may be increased through potential enhancements.

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S. Stjernswärd and L. Hansson, "Suicide Prevention in Mental Health Services—A Qualitative Study of a Web Based Program for Mental Health Care Staff," Open Journal of Medical Psychology, Vol. 2 No. 4, 2013, pp. 175-182. doi: 10.4236/ojmp.2013.24027.

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