Year: 2007 Source: Academic Psychiatry, v.31, no.5, (September-October 2007), p.340-344 SIEC No: 20080890

The authors reviewed literature, from 1966-2006, for psychiatry residents’ reactions to patient suicide. This review also examined the responses of training programs to bereaved residents. A limited number of studies were found. Only two studies examined the supportive measures that American psychiatry training programs provide for residents. The few studies published suggest the suicide of a patient is quite common during training & that residents undergo significant levels of pscyhological stress. The findings support further research & the implementation of formal supports within psychiatric training. (14 refs.)