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The Attitude of Psychiatric and Non-psychiatric Health-care Workers Toward Suicide in Malaysian Hospitals and Its Implications for Training.

The Attitude of Psychiatric and Non-psychiatric Health-care Workers Toward Suicide in Malaysian Hospitals and Its Implications for Training.
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Siau CS, Wee LH, Yacob S, Yeoh SH, Binti Adnan TH, Haniff J, Perialathan K, Mahdi A, Rahman AB, Eu CL, Binti Wahab S,


Siau CS, Wee LH, Yacob S, Yeoh SH, Binti Adnan TH, Haniff J, Perialathan K, Mahdi A, Rahman AB, Eu CL, Binti Wahab S, (click to view)

Siau CS, Wee LH, Yacob S, Yeoh SH, Binti Adnan TH, Haniff J, Perialathan K, Mahdi A, Rahman AB, Eu CL, Binti Wahab S,

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Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry 2017 02 06() doi 10.1007/s40596-017-0661-0
Abstract
OBJECTIVES
This research is aimed to examine the attitude of health-care workers toward suicidal patients in Malaysian hospitals, comparing responses from psychiatric and non-psychiatric workers, and to identify specific needs in suicide prevention and management training.

METHOD
This is a multi-site cross-sectional study. The authors conducted a survey based on a translated self-administered questionnaire to participants from seven core hospital departments.

RESULTS
While most health-care workers regardless of department and specialty took their duty to prevent suicide seriously, a large majority of them expressed negative attitudes such as finding suicidal behavior irritating, and more than half believed suicidal attempts were a way of making others sorry. However, psychiatric workers were less likely to have judgmental attitudes that included believing suicide attempters as being selfish or trying to get sympathy from others.

CONCLUSIONS
As there were more similarities than differences in health-care workers’ attitudes toward suicide, recommendations on basic and continuous suicide prevention and management training among hospital workers were made. The interventions focused on improving knowledge, affective, and skill-based areas that were aimed to correct the wrongful understanding of and to minimize the negative attitudes toward suicidal individuals indicated by the study results.

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