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Title: Understanding Emergency Department Healthcare Professionals' Perspectives of Caring for Individuals in Suicidal Crisis: A Qualitative Study
Contributor(s): Rheinberger, Demee (author); Wang, Jessica (author); McGillivray, Lauren (author); Shand, Fiona (author); Torok, Michelle (author); Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; Wayland, Sarah  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022-06
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.918135
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Help seekers regularly present to Emergency Departments (EDs) when in suicidal crisis for intervention to ensure their immediate safety, which may assist in reducing future attempts. The emergency health workforce have unique insights that can inform suicide prevention efforts during this critical junction in an individual's experience with suicide. This paper explores the treatment and care delivery experiences of 54 health professionals working in EDs within one of the LifeSpan suicide prevention trial sites in Australia. Data was collected via six focus groups and six interviews. Thematic analysis resulted in three themes: (1) physicality of the emergency department, (2) juggling it all-the bureaucracy, practicalities, and human approach to care, and (3) impact of care delivery on ED staff. Findings highlight the need for workplace training that incorporates responding to the uncertainty of suicidal crisis, to compliment the solution-focused medical model of care. Broader policy changes to the ED system are also considered to ensure better outcomes for health professionals and help-seekers alike.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Frontiers in Psychiatry, v.13, p. 1-10
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Place of Publication: Switzerland
ISSN: 1664-0640
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420313 Mental health services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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