Year: 2000 Source: BMJ, v.320, no.7249, (June 10, 2000), p.1571-1574 + 11p. questionnaire SIEC No: 20010291

This study examined the effect of patients’ suicide on consultant psychiatrists in Scotland. Of 315 eligible subjects, 247 returned a confidential coded postal questionnaire survey. 167 consultants had had a patient commit suicide under their care. 54 reported being affected personally in terms of low mood, poor sleep, or irritability. Changes in professional practice were described by 69 of the psychiatrists. 24 respondents considered taking early retirement because of a patient’s suicide. Colleagues & family or friends were the best sources of help, & team & critical incident reviews were also helpful. (20 refs.)