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: en litteraturöversikt med utgångspunkt från sjuksköterskan

Translated title of the thesis: The nurses' attitudes toward people who have attempted suicide: A literature review from the nurses' perspective
  • Katarina Sjöberg
  • Emma Storjohann

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    In Sweden there has been an increase of suicide attempts for the last 20 years and every year almost 1 million people in the world die due to suicide. Many of these people have been in contact with healthcare personnel in the past because of previous suicide attempts. According to Ida Jean Orlando's theory of interaction, nurses react emotionally in the encounter with the patient and acts on these emotions, which directly influences the interaction. The aim of this essay was to examine nurses' attitudes towards patients who have tried to commit suicide. The study conducted was a literature review based on 13 articles checked using the audit template of Röda Korset. The themes of the study were: treatment: positive attitudes and negative attitudes, communication, environment and feelings. The findings discussed were the connection between experience and a positive attitude, that the nurses´ attitudes affected the patient and that open, direct communication of the suicide attempt was important. The nurse´s attitude does affect the interaction with the patient and it is important to work on improving nurses' and health-care personnel's attitudes toward this certain group of patients.

    Date of Award2012-Mar-01
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorIrene Persson (Supervisor) & Vanja Berggren (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Nursing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • nurse
    • treatment
    • attempted suicide
    • patient
    • attitude
    • care
    • interaction

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