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The Role of General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention-What you Said and Did then Actually Saved my Life

Version 1 : Received: 21 May 2021 / Approved: 24 May 2021 / Online: 24 May 2021 (09:23:49 CEST)

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Styrvold, M.; Grimholt, T.K. The Role of General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention—What You Said and Did then Actually Saved My Life. Reports 2021, 4, 23. Styrvold, M.; Grimholt, T.K. The Role of General Practitioners in Suicide Prevention—What You Said and Did then Actually Saved My Life. Reports 2021, 4, 23.

Journal reference: Reports 2021, 4, 23
DOI: 10.3390/reports4030023

Abstract

Background: General Practitioners (GP) have an important role in the prevention of suicidal behavior. The purpose of this study was to explore their views and experiences of identifying and assessing suicidal ideation. Methods: Ten GPs were recruited through convenience sampling, based on accessibility, interest and willingness to participate. In-depth interviews were carried out and results transcribed ver-batim. Aspects of experiences with suicidal patients emerged through the thematic analyses process. Results: The GPs described the varied clinical picture when patients presented in their office. How they identified depressive symptoms apart from originally somatic complaints, formed a trusting relationship and addressed suicide ideation. They described customized interventions as well as obstacles and factors that facilitated communication: time, own personal traits, pa-tient’s disclosure and organizational barriers. Conclusions: The levels of the suicidal process among patients in general practice vary greatly. GPs adjust their appraisals to profundity understand and intervene in order to prevent a crisis to escalate into subsequent suicidal behavior.

Keywords

General Practitioner; Prevention; Suicide; Qualitative study

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