Teaching psychiatry residents about suicide loss: Impact of an educational program

Hussam Jefee-Bahloul, Rebecca C. Hanna, Adam M. Brenner

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this report is to study the impact of a pilot educational event on psychiatry residents' attitudes towards suicidal patients, understanding of their family members' experience, and intended management of patients who died by suicide. Methods: A panel of suicide loss survivors spoke to psychiatry residents during an educational event. Psychiatry residents who attended the event were asked to complete a survey after the event. Results: About a third of residents (29.4 %) reported encountering a patient suicide during training. Overall, psychiatry residents subjectively felt the program had a positive impact on their understanding of suicide loss and on their attitudes towards suicide and towards engagement with family members of patients who died by suicide. Conclusions: The data collected in this study suggest that educational programs focused on patient suicide from the surviving families' perspective may have a positive impact on the attitudes and future practice of residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-770
Number of pages3
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2014

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Keywords

  • Psychiatry residents
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Education

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Teaching psychiatry residents about suicide loss : Impact of an educational program. / Jefee-Bahloul, Hussam; Hanna, Rebecca C.; Brenner, Adam M.

In: Academic Psychiatry, Vol. 38, No. 6, 11.12.2014, p. 768-770.

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