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An evaluation of factors underlying suicide attempts in patients presenting at George Hospital emergency centre

dc.contributor.authorRaubenheimer, Lourineen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorJenkins, L. S.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-02T07:11:23Z
dc.date.available2016-11-02T07:11:23Z
dc.date.issued2015-02en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationRaubenheimer, L. & Jenkins, L. S. 2015. An evaluation of factors underlying suicide attempts in patients presenting at George Hospital emergency centre. South African Family Practice, 57(2):93-99, doi:10.1080/20786190.2014.976944en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2078-6204 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2078-6190 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1080/20786190.2014.976944
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99801
dc.descriptionCITATION: Raubenheimer, L. & Jenkins, L. S. 2015. An evaluation of factors underlying suicide attempts in patients presenting at George Hospital emergency centre. South African Family Practice, 57(2):93-99, doi:10.1080/20786190.2014.976944.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.tandfonline.com
dc.description.abstractBackground: Roughly 130 patients are seen daily in the emergency centre (EC) at George Provincial Hospital (GPH), of whom one or two will have attempted suicide. GPH serves the population of Eden and Central Karoo Districts. Little is known about the circumstances surrounding these suicide attempts. We examined this pattern and formulated a protocol for managing these patients. Method: All patients attending the EC after attempting suicide between December 2010 and April 2011 were identified from the EC register. Thirty nine patients gave consent and completed a questionnaire. The data were analysed in Excel®. Additional information was obtained from five members of a focus group. Results: Patients who attempted suicide had often attempted suicide previously. They came from a community with high levels of longstanding financial and domestic stress, violence, dysfunctional family relationships, alcohol abuse and poor coping skills. Suicide attempts generally involved impulsively taking prescription medication following an argument with a family member. Patients felt abandoned or alone, were physically or mentally abused, were subjected to alcohol abuse, or had underlying anxiety or depression. Conclusion: Patients who attempt suicide and attend GPH EC come from a chronically stressed community with dysfunctional family patterns and alcohol abuse and lack coping skills. A psychological support team has introduced a suicide-attempt protocol in the EC offering patients an opportunity to deal with their distress and learn better coping skills.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20786190.2014.976944
dc.format.extent8 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.subjectSuicidal behavior -- George Hospital emergency centreen_ZA
dc.subjectPovertyen_ZA
dc.subjectDespairen_ZA
dc.subjectCrisis intervention (Mental health services)en_ZA
dc.titleAn evaluation of factors underlying suicide attempts in patients presenting at George Hospital emergency centreen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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