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Commentary on: Croft A, Lascelles K, Brand F, et al. Effects of patient deaths by suicide on clinicians working in mental health: A survey. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2023 Feb;32(1):245–276. doi: 10.1111/inm.13080. Epub 2022 Oct 26.
Implications for practice and research
We need to provide effective psychological care in a compassionate environment to clinicians who are traumatised by a patient’s death by suicide.
We need to design and perform research studies to find out what interventions are most helpful for clinicians impacted by a patient’s suicide death.
Suicide is a major medical and social problem around the world.1 According to the WHO, about 800 000 individuals die by suicide every year globally.1 Suicidal individuals usually have psychiatric disorders and are treated by medical professionals working in mental health.2 3 Clinicians working with psychiatric patients are frequently significantly traumatised by a patient’s death …
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