Pilot testing and preliminary evaluation of a suicide prevention education program for emergency department personnel

Ruth Shim, Michael T. Compton

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Abstract

Emergency department personnel play an important role in recognizing individuals with suicidality and intervening to prevent completed suicide. An educational program was designed to be offered to emergency department personnel, and was piloted with a convenience sample of 54 clinicians. Pre-test and post-test measures showed an increase in knowledge scores (from 7.9 ± 1.9 to 13.6 ± 2.1, P < .001) and self-efficacy scores (from 24.0 ± 9.1 to 32.3 ± 9.2, P < .001) regarding management of suicidal patients or those at elevated risk for suicide in the emergency department immediately after participating in the training session. In addition, participants favorably rated the training session, and would recommend it to others. With further development and refinement, this program could be implemented on a state-wide level and targeted at emergency department personnel to enhance their ability to provide appropriate resources, support, and treatment for individuals identified as being at risk for suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)585-590
Number of pages6
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume46
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emergency department
  • Suicide
  • Suicide prevention
  • Training curriculum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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