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  1. Teaching front-line health and voluntary workers to assess and manage suicidal patients.

    Article - En anglais


    To devise and evaluate the retention of a new brief training package for non-psychiatrically trained multidisciplinary staff to assess suicide risk and manage suicidal patients, including referral of patients at significant risk to psychiatric staff.


    8 h of interview skills training, using role play with modelling and video feedback, was taught to 33 health and voluntary workers.

    Evaluation used a controlled before and after training design.

    Performance of the interview skills was assessed blindly by raters using predetermined criteria from videotaped role played interviews with actors.

    Self-rated questionnaires (SIRI-2 and visual analogue scales) were used to assess the clinical skills and confidence respectively of the front-line workers.


    Suicide risk assessment and management skills such as problem solving, future coping and provision of immediate support were significantly improved at 1 month after training.

    Training did not significantly improve general interview skills, combating hopelessness nor the removal of lethal weapons.

    Performance on the SIRI-2 and confidence significantly improved after training.

    The assessment procedure itself did not improve clinical skills nor confidence.


    Performance among individual health disciplines was not assessed.

    Design was not a randomised controlled trial with short follow up and no patient outcome data. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Formation professionnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Service santé, Services sociaux, Prévention, Suicide, Santé mentale, Royaume Uni, Europe, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational training, Health staff, Health service, Social assistance, Prevention, Suicide, Mental health, United Kingdom, Europe, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0309131

    Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 16/11/1999.