The importance of suicide screening training for healthcare providers as part of suicide prevention
Date of Graduation
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Family Nurse Practitioner
Dr. T. Radasa
Dr. S. Hubell
Background: Suicide is a major public health concern and was the 12th leading cause of death for all ages in 2020 in the United States. Suicide impacts relationships, families, and communities for a long time. Research shows that suicides are preventable and training healthcare providers on suicide prevention is part of the solution.
Search methodology: A computer-based search using CINAHL Complete, PubMed, and Cochrane was conducted with the following keywords; suicide prevention, gatekeepers’ training, healthcare providers or nurses, or community health public workers. Ten articles were selected and appraised using the John Hopkins appraisal tools.
Integrated review of the literature: The studies revealed that training healthcare providers on suicide screening reduced suicide rates, increased participants’ preparedness to intervene, and improved confidence. Continuous training is part of suicide prevention best practices.
Synthesis: The articles under review had a strength of level I, II III, and V and A and A-B quality. They had reasonably consistent and definitive conclusions that suicide prevention training increased participants’ confidence to intervene, increased suicide assessment skills, and increased participants’ skills in making necessary referrals.
Implication for practice: Healthcare providers encounter diverse groups of patients and therefore can make a critical role in detecting and intervening in suicidality.
Conclusion: The review supports the importance of training healthcare providers in suicide prevention.
Maina, Jennifer, "The importance of suicide screening training for healthcare providers as part of suicide prevention" (2023). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 332.
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