The Attitude of Psychiatric and Non-psychiatric Health-care Workers Toward Suicide in Malaysian Hospitals and Its Implications for Training

Ching Sin Siau, Lei Hum Wee, Sapini Yacob, Seen Heng Yeoh, Tassha Hilda Binti Adnan, Jamaiyah Haniff, Komathi Perialathan, Aziman Mahdi, Abu Bakar Rahman, Choon Leng Eu, Suzaily Binti Wahab

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Objectives: This research is aimed to examine the attitude of health-care workers toward suicidal patients in Malaysian hospitals, comparing responses from psychiatric and non-psychiatric workers, and to identify specific needs in suicide prevention and management training. Method: This is a multi-site cross-sectional study. The authors conducted a survey based on a translated self-administered questionnaire to participants from seven core hospital departments. Results: While most health-care workers regardless of department and specialty took their duty to prevent suicide seriously, a large majority of them expressed negative attitudes such as finding suicidal behavior irritating, and more than half believed suicidal attempts were a way of making others sorry. However, psychiatric workers were less likely to have judgmental attitudes that included believing suicide attempters as being selfish or trying to get sympathy from others. Conclusions: As there were more similarities than differences in health-care workers' attitudes toward suicide, recommendations on basic and continuous suicide prevention and management training among hospital workers were made. The interventions focused on improving knowledge, affective, and skill-based areas that were aimed to correct the wrongful understanding of and to minimize the negative attitudes toward suicidal individuals indicated by the study results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-509
Number of pages7
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

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Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Health-care workers
  • Psychiatric
  • Suicide
  • Training

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  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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The Attitude of Psychiatric and Non-psychiatric Health-care Workers Toward Suicide in Malaysian Hospitals and Its Implications for Training. / Siau, Ching Sin; Wee, Lei Hum; Yacob, Sapini; Yeoh, Seen Heng; Binti Adnan, Tassha Hilda; Haniff, Jamaiyah; Perialathan, Komathi; Mahdi, Aziman; Rahman, Abu Bakar; Eu, Choon Leng; Binti Wahab, Suzaily.

In: Academic Psychiatry, Vol. 41, No. 4, 01.08.2017, p. 503-509.

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Siau, CS, Wee, LH, Yacob, S, Yeoh, SH, Binti Adnan, TH, Haniff, J, Perialathan, K, Mahdi, A, Rahman, AB, Eu, CL & Binti Wahab, S 2017, 'The Attitude of Psychiatric and Non-psychiatric Health-care Workers Toward Suicide in Malaysian Hospitals and Its Implications for Training', Academic Psychiatry, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 503-509. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40596-017-0661-0
Siau, Ching Sin ; Wee, Lei Hum ; Yacob, Sapini ; Yeoh, Seen Heng ; Binti Adnan, Tassha Hilda ; Haniff, Jamaiyah ; Perialathan, Komathi ; Mahdi, Aziman ; Rahman, Abu Bakar ; Eu, Choon Leng ; Binti Wahab, Suzaily. / The Attitude of Psychiatric and Non-psychiatric Health-care Workers Toward Suicide in Malaysian Hospitals and Its Implications for Training. In: Academic Psychiatry. 2017 ; Vol. 41, No. 4. pp. 503-509.
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