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Suicidal patients — the effect on staff

  • J. C. Rossiter (a1)
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Although psychiatric hospitals contain a population at risk of suicidal behaviour compared to the community at large, suicide in hospital in-patients and recently discharged patients is relatively rare. It has been suggested that hospital admission itself reduces the risk of suicide (Tenroche et al, 1984). Factors considered important are a calm ward routine carried out by staff confident in the immediate future, and the opportunities for social contract offered by the ward environment.

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Suicidal patients — the effect on staff

  • J. C. Rossiter (a1)
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