Year: 2003 Source: Academic Psychiatry, v.27, no.2, (Summer 2003), p.93-99 SIEC No: 20060877

Canadian psychiatric residents comnpleted questionnaires about their encounters with completed suicide during residency. Of 197 respondents, 61.4% had encountered one or more completed suicides during their residency. Of the suicides, 61% were by patients & 16.5% by a colleague, friend, or relative; 22.3% of residents had encountered both. The greatest impact on residents was on their emotional health, followed by how they assess patients & their medicolegal view of psychiatry. Friends & fellow residents were identified as significant supports. Only one-third of residents received education on the impact of suicide on trainees. Only one-third of postgraudate education directors reported have a policy in place in the event of suicide. (16 refs.)