Training in the recognition and management of suicidal risk is of crucial importance for prevention. The aim of our study was to compare competence in assessing and managing suicidal patients in different groups of Italian professionals. Two hundredand thirty two professionals (38 psychiatrists, 50 general practitioners, 34 psychiatric nurses, 60 doctors and nurses working in accident and emergency services, and50 medical students) completed the Suicide Intervention Response Inventory (SIRI-2) (Neimeyer & Bonelle, 1997) and a questionnaire on perceptions of risk and protective factors in suicidal patients. Exposure to suicidal patients was found to be widespread in all groups, but specific training in suicide assessment and intervention was conspicuously rare. Psychiatrists outscored all other groups andpsychiatric nurses scored significantly higher than general practitioners in identifying appropriate responses to suicidal patients. Taken together, our findings suggest thenecessity of further training in suicide intervention for Italian health professionals, and especially for emergency service personnel and general practitioners.

Suicide intervention skills in health professionals: a multidisciplinary comparison / Palmieri, Gaspare; Forghieri, Matilde; Ferrari, Silvia; Pingani, Luca; Coppola, P.; Colombini, N.; Rigatelli, Marco; Neimeyer, R. A.. - In: ARCHIVES OF SUICIDE RESEARCH. - ISSN 1381-1118. - STAMPA. - 12:3(2008), pp. 232-237. [10.1080/13811110802101047]

Suicide intervention skills in health professionals: a multidisciplinary comparison

PALMIERI, Gaspare;FORGHIERI, Matilde;FERRARI, Silvia;PINGANI, LUCA;RIGATELLI, Marco;
2008

Abstract

Training in the recognition and management of suicidal risk is of crucial importance for prevention. The aim of our study was to compare competence in assessing and managing suicidal patients in different groups of Italian professionals. Two hundredand thirty two professionals (38 psychiatrists, 50 general practitioners, 34 psychiatric nurses, 60 doctors and nurses working in accident and emergency services, and50 medical students) completed the Suicide Intervention Response Inventory (SIRI-2) (Neimeyer & Bonelle, 1997) and a questionnaire on perceptions of risk and protective factors in suicidal patients. Exposure to suicidal patients was found to be widespread in all groups, but specific training in suicide assessment and intervention was conspicuously rare. Psychiatrists outscored all other groups andpsychiatric nurses scored significantly higher than general practitioners in identifying appropriate responses to suicidal patients. Taken together, our findings suggest thenecessity of further training in suicide intervention for Italian health professionals, and especially for emergency service personnel and general practitioners.
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Suicide intervention skills in health professionals: a multidisciplinary comparison / Palmieri, Gaspare; Forghieri, Matilde; Ferrari, Silvia; Pingani, Luca; Coppola, P.; Colombini, N.; Rigatelli, Marco; Neimeyer, R. A.. - In: ARCHIVES OF SUICIDE RESEARCH. - ISSN 1381-1118. - STAMPA. - 12:3(2008), pp. 232-237. [10.1080/13811110802101047]
Palmieri, Gaspare; Forghieri, Matilde; Ferrari, Silvia; Pingani, Luca; Coppola, P.; Colombini, N.; Rigatelli, Marco; Neimeyer, R. A.
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