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Patient suicide: a survey of therapists' reactions

Wurst, Friedrich Martin and Mueller, Sandra and Petitjean, Sylvie and Euler, Sebastian and Thon, Natasha and Wiesbeck, Gerhard and Wolfersdorf, Manfred. (2010) Patient suicide: a survey of therapists' reactions. Suicide and life-threatening behavior, Vol. 40, H. 4. pp. 328-336.

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Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A6007072

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Abstract

A substantial proportion of therapists will at some point in their professional life experience the loss of a patient to suicide. Our aims were to assess how therapists react to patient's suicide over time and which factors contribute to the reaction. One third of the therapists, mostly women, suffer from severe distress. The impact is not different for therapists in institutional settings and therapists in private practice. The item "overall distress" immediately after the suicide predicts emotional reactions and changes in behavior. Our data suggest that identifying the severely distressed subgroup could be done using a visual analogue scale for overall distress. As a consequence, more specific and intensified help could be provided to these individuals.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie (Lang)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie (Lang)
UniBasel Contributors:Wiesbeck, Gerhard A.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Guilford
ISSN:0047-4592
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:19 Jul 2013 07:43
Deposited On:19 Jul 2013 07:35

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