Experience and attitudes of pharmacy teams towards suicide prevention: A cross-sectional survey

Background Community pharmacists are increasingly recognized as integral members in suicide prevention programs, as part of a multidisciplinary and multifaceted approach. However, further research is required to understand then optimize the whole pharmacy teams’ role across sectors. Objective To explore pharmacy teams’ experience of, and attitudes towards, suicide prevention in England. Methods A cross-sectional survey […]

Exploring the impact of suicide care experiences and postintervention supports sought among community pharmacists: A cross-sectional survey

Background There is a need to appropriately train, support and remunerate pharmacists for their expanding roles in mental healthcare. Pharmacists often care for people experiencing mental health crises, including suicidal thoughts and behaviours, but little is known about pharmacists’ suicide care experiences. Aim This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the impact of professional experiences with […]

Developing and evaluating a module to teach suicide prevention communication skills to student pharmacists

Introduction This study aimed to determine whether a brief educational intervention for student pharmacists about individuals who exhibit suicide warning signs improves knowledge and confidence to recognize suicide warning signs, ask about suicide, validate feelings, and expedite referrals. Methods This longitudinal, observational study was conducted with student pharmacists from two pharmacy schools in 2019. Students […]

A scoping review of suicide prevention training programs for pharmacists and student pharmacists

Objective. This scoping review updates a 2018 review of suicide prevention (SP) training programs for community and student pharmacists. Five scholarly databases were searched for articles published between January 2018 and December 2020. Articles were excluded if they: 1) did not describe an educational or training program for pharmacists or student pharmacists; 2) did not […]

Elder suicide: What senior care pharmacists need to know

Older individual suicide is a growing community health problem in the United States. It is also preventable, and senior care pharmacists can increase awareness of the prevalence of suicide risk in older patients. Despite high exposure to many serious suicide risk factors and a high rate of suicide mortality, older people tend to be overlooked […]

Community pharmacists and the assessment and management of suicide risk

The recent canadian federal framework for suicide Prevention Act (s.c. 2012, c.30) identifies suicide as a national public health issue that requires federal, provincial, territorial and nongovernmental organization cooperation and action.1,2 The framework sets forth a process intended to fulfill the requirements of the act. This includes numerous directives, of which at least 3 fit […]

Ideal and actual involvement of community pharmacists in health promotion and prevention: A cross-sectional study in Quebec, Canada

Background An increased interest is observed in broadening community pharmacists’ role in public health. To date, little information has been gathered in Canada on community pharmacists’ perceptions of their role in health promotion and prevention; however, such data are essential to the development of public-health programs in community pharmacy. A cross-sectional study was therefore conducted […]

The patient experience in a community pharmacy mental illness and addictions program

Background: The Bloom Program was designed to enhance pharmacists’ care of people with lived experience of mental illness and addictions in Nova Scotia. The Program’s demonstration period was from September 2014 to December 2016 and included a qualitative evaluation of the patient experience. Methods: Patients were recruited for individual interviews through Bloom Program pharmacies. Interviews […]

Community pharmacists’ experiences and people at risk of suicide in Canada and Australia: A thematic analysis

Purpose To explore Canadian and Australian community pharmacists’ practice experiences in caring for people at risk of suicide. Methods We conducted a thematic analysis of 176 responses to an open-ended extension question in an online survey. Results Four themes were identified and include referrals and triage, accessibility for confiding, emotional toll, and stigma. Subthemes included […]

Patient care activities by community pharmacists in a capitation funding model mental health and addictions program

Background Community pharmacists are autonomous, regulated health care professionals located in urban and rural communities in Canada. The accessibility, knowledge, and skills of community pharmacists can be leveraged to increase mental illness and addictions care in communities. Methods The Bloom Program was designed, developed, and implemented based on the Behaviour Change Wheel and a program of […]

A scoping review of community pharmacists and patients at risk of suicide

Background: Medications are commonly used in suicide attempts. Pharmacists are inextricably linked to medications and may have roles in helping those at risk of suicide. We conducted a scoping review to characterize the existing literature and make recommendations about future research. Methods: We used a 6-step approach based on an existing scoping review methodological framework, […]

Community pharmacists and the assessment and management of suicide risk

A survey of Canadian and Australian pharmacists’ stigma of suicide

Background: There is limited information available regarding community pharmacists’ stigma of suicide. Pharmacists regularly interact with people at risk of suicide and stigmatizing attitudes may impact care. Objective: To measure community pharmacists’ stigma of suicide. Method: Pharmacists in Canada and Australia completed an online survey with the Stigma of Suicide Scale–Short Form. Data were analysed […]

Community pharmacists’ experiences and people at risk of suicide in Canada and Australia: A thematic analysis

PURPOSE: To explore Canadian and Australian community pharmacists’ practice experiences in caring for people at risk of suicide. METHODS: We conducted a thematic analysis of 176 responses to an open-ended extension question in an online survey. RESULTS: Four themes were identified and include referrals and triage, accessibility for confiding, emotional toll, and stigma. Subthemes included […]

Confidence and attitudes of pharmacy students towards suicidal crisis: Patient simulation using people with a lived experience

PURPOSE: Health care professionals, including pharmacists, have the potential to recognise and assist those at risk of suicide. The primary aim of this study was to assess the impact of utilising people with a lived experience of mental illness as simulated patients on final year pharmacy students’ attitudes toward and confidence in caring for people […]