Self-perceived Difficulties With Suicidal Patients in A Sample of Italian General Practitioners

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Title Self-perceived Difficulties With Suicidal Patients in A Sample of Italian General Practitioners
Author Poma, Stefano Zanone; Grossi, Antonello; Toniolo, Emanuele; Baldo, Vincenzo; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Canada
Publisher Elmer Press
Abstract Background: Suicidal behaviours are relatively common among primary care patients, but suicide ideation seems to be poorly detected by GPs. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the frequency of issues related to suicidal behaviour in GPs’ setting and to inquire the level of difficulties perceived by physicians when dealing with suicidal patients. Methods: A survey on 88 GPs in Rovigo (Italy) has been conducted through the use of a self-administered questionnaire inquiring about suicidal behaviour in patients, personal history and outside professional lives. Results: Four out of 5 doctors have encountered at least a case of suicide in their professional career, and 3 out of 4 recorded at least a case of suicide attempt in a working year. The frequency of personal history of suicidal ideation/behaviour was 2.3%. One third of GPs have come into contact with suicides or suicide attempts outside the professional setting. Sixty one per cent of doctors admitted difficulties in exploring suicidal ideation, but tended to ascribe it to a reluctant attitude of patients. Conclusions: The study underscores GPs’ need of being helped in the difficult task of recognising suicidal patients.
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Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2011. For information about this journal please refer to the publisher’s website or contact the authors. Articles are licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Attribution License ( that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in the Journal of Clinical Medicine Research.
Volume 3
Issue Number 6
Page from 303
Page to 308
ISSN 1918-3011
Date Accessioned 2011-11-28; 2012-03-02T04:52:24Z
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Mental Health
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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