Root causes of deaths by suicide among patients under the care of a mental health trust: thematic analysis

Abstract

AIMS AND METHOD: This study explored the root causes of deaths by suicide among patients under the care of a mental health trust. Thematic analysis was carried out to identify themes from the serious incident reports for patients between 1 January 2017 and 31 July 2018. RESULTS: In total, 48 cases were reviewed. Three main themes emerged from this study: patient-, professional- and organisation-related factors. The majority of the deaths were caused by patient-related factors, particularly exacerbation of the patient's mental health condition. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: This study provides insight into perceived causes of death by suicide among mental health patients. It is hoped that this will, in turn, influence the manner in which decisions, policies and resource allocation are carried out to further prevent and reduce the incidence of suicide, particularly among mental health patients.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2020.106
Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Medical School
Additional Information: © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ 4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Root causes,mental health service,serious incidents,suicide,suicide prevention
Publication ISSN: 2056-4708
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2020-11-13
Published Online Date: 2020-11-13
Accepted Date: 2020-08-21
Authors: Odejimi, Opeyemi
Webb, Kerry
Bagchi, Dhruba
Tadros, George (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5820-7643)

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