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Muñoz-Sánchez JL, Sánchez-Gómez MC, Martín-Cilleros MV, Parra-Vidales E, De Leo D, Franco-Martín MA. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018; 15(10): e15102117.


Departamento de Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento psicológico, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Salamanca, Campus Ciudad Jardín, 37005 Salamanca, Spain.


(Copyright © 2018, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)






This study analyzes the views of four groups of healthcare professionals who may play a role in the management of suicidal behavior. The goal was to identify key factors for suicide prevention in different areas of the healthcare system. Qualitative research was conducted using focus groups made up of different healthcare professionals who participated in the identification, management, and prevention of suicidal behavior. Professionals included were primary care physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and emergency physicians. 'Suicide' was amongst the most relevant terms that came up in discussions most of the times it appeared associated with words such as 'risk', danger', or 'harm'. In the analysis by categories, the four groups of professionals agreed that interventions in at-risk behaviors are first in importance. Prevention was the second main concern with greater significance among psychiatrists. Primary care professionals call for more time to address patients at risk for suicide and easier access to and communication with the mental health network. Emergency care professionals have a lack of awareness of their role in the detection of risk for suicide in patients who seek attention at emergency care facilities for reasons of general somatic issues. Mental health care professionals are in high demand in cases of self-harm, but they would like to receive specific training in dealing with suicidal behavior.

Language: en


health professionals; risk of suicide; suicidal behavior; suicide; suicide prevention


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