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Jones S.,Edge Hill University | Krishna M.,Epidemiology Research Unit | Rajendra R.G.,Mysore Medical College and Research Institute MMCRI | Keenan P.,Edge Hill University
Journal of Mental Health | Year: 2015

Background: There is growing global interest into the attitudes and clinical management of persons who have attempted suicide.Aims: The principal purpose was to determine senior nursing staff attitudes towards patients who had attempted suicide from a professional and cultural perspective, which might influence care following hospital admission. The focus concerned nursing staff interactions at a psychological level that compete with physical tasks on general hospital wards.Methods: A qualitative methodology was employed with audio-taped interviews utilising four level data coding. This article reports on a group of 15 nursing staff from a large general hospital in Mysore, Southern India.Results: Findings suggested that patient care and treatment is directly influenced by the nurses religious beliefs within a general hospital setting with physical duties prioritised over psychological support, which was underdeveloped throughout the participant group.Conclusion: The results allow a series of recommendations for educational and skills initiatives before progressing to patient assessment and treatment projects and cross-cultural comparison studies. In addition, interventions must focus on current resources and context to move the evidence-based suicide prevention forward. © 2015 Taylor & Francis, LLC.

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