Year: 2004 Source: Academic Psychiatry, v.28, no.2, (Summer 2004), p.104-110 SIEC No: 20050001

The authors investigated the impact of patient suicides on trainees & psychiatrists & their utilization of supports. They found that one-half of the respondents experienced at least one suicide of a patient, 62% of them during postgraduate training. Biologically oriented psychiatrists in practice were more at risk for patient suicide. The emotional impact of patient suicide approached morbid levels in one-quarter of respondents. Implications for practice, including the development of training support programs, are discussed. (19 refs)