As part of the psychiatric assessment after a suicide attempt contact with a significant other could be of importance in order to obtain an additional view of the patient's situation, and thereby possibly broadening the basis of the assessment.
The aims of this study were to investigate whether information from a significant other would be helpful in the psychiatric assessment of the patient, and also in assessing the well-being of significant others and their need for support.
For the purposes of the study, the significant other (SO) who had been recommended by the patient was contacted directly after the suicide attempt.
Almost all the patients (95%) agreed to a social worker contacting an SO, and all the contacted SOs (n=81) agreed to take part in the study.
A semi-structured interview was performed by telephone or in person on the same occasion as we interviewed the patient or as soon as possible afterwards.
The study found that the SOs provided valuable additional information regarding the patient's situation.
When comparing the outcomes of the interviews with the SOs and those of the patients, problem areas such as loneliness and lack of self-confidence were mentioned more often by SOs.
Also, more patients were reported to be repeaters by SOs. and suicidal signals from the patient had been apprehended by 41% of them. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Tentative suicide, Communication information, Milieu familial, Besoin utilisateur, Service santé, Santé mentale, Suède, Europe, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide attempt, Information communication, Family environment, User need, Health service, Mental health, Sweden, Europe, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0188856
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 16/11/1999.