Stakeholder views regarding a planned primary care office-based interactive multimedia suicide prevention tool

Anthony F Jerant, Paul Duberstein, Camille Cipri, Bethany Bullard, Deborah Stone, Debora A Paterniti

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Objectives: Nearly half of all men who die by suicide visit a primary care clinician (PCC) in the month before death, yet few disclose suicide thoughts. We solicited stakeholders’ views to guide development of a tailored multimedia program to activate middle-aged men experiencing suicide thoughts to engage with PCCs. Methods: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 44 adults self-identifying as: suicide attempt survivor; family member/loved one of person(s) who attempted or died by suicide; PCC; non-PCC office staff; health administrator; and/or prevention advocate. We coded recorded interview transcripts and identified relevant themes using grounded theory. Results: Two thematic groupings emerged, informing program design: structure and delivery (including belief the program could be effective and desire for use of plain language and media over text); and informational and motivational content (including concerns about PCC preparedness; fear that disclosing suicide thoughts would necessitate hospitalization; and influence of male identity and masculinity, respectively, in care-seeking for and interpreting suicide thoughts). Conclusion: Stakeholder input informed the design of a primary care tailored multimedia suicide prevention tool. Practice Implications: In revealing a previously unreported barrier to disclosing suicide thoughts to PCCs (fear of hospitalization), and underscoring known barriers, the findings may suggest additional suicide prevention approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Gender identity
  • Health education/methods
  • Interviews as topic
  • Masculinity
  • Men
  • Middle aged
  • Multimedia
  • Patient acceptance of health care
  • Patient participation
  • Physicians
  • Prevention
  • Primary care
  • Primary health care
  • Qualitative research
  • Software
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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