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Patients who attempted suicide emphasised they wanted to be well cared for and receive understanding and confirmation

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QUESTION: What are the experiences of patients during inpatient psychiatric care after a suicide attempt?


Qualitative description using content analysis of interview data.


Specialised ward in the psychiatric clinic of the Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.


18 Swedish speaking patients (age range 18–53 y, 67% men) who had recently attempted suicide.


The patients were interviewed as close to hospital discharge as possible. They were asked to describe their experiences of the care they received. Researchers used an interview guide to enquire about admission to hospital, feelings and reactions, and positive and negative experiences during the hospital stay. The interviews that lasted between 30 and 70 minutes were transcribed verbatim. A qualitative content analysis of the meanings, intentions, consequences and the context of data was done. …

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  • Sources of funding: Swedish Medical Research Council; Swedish Council for Planning and Cooperation of Research; Federation of County Councils; Karolinska Institute; and Kalmar County Council.

  • For correspondence: Dr M Samuelsson, Department of Psychiatry, Karolinska Hospital, S-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden. Fax +46 8 08 31 91 05.