Attitudes to deliberate self harm among staff in an accident and emergency team
- HEMMINGS Adrian
- Journal article citation:
- Mental Health Care, 2(9), May 1999, pp.300-302.
People who self harm frequently report punitive and judgmental attitudes among staff at hospital A&E departments. The author interviewed a sample of nursing and medical staff and found a high degree of ambivalence, frustration and distress about self-harming patients. Sensitive training and support are needed if A&E staff are not unwittingly to find themselves re-enforcing the cycle of guilt and self-punishment.
- Subject terms:
- hospitals, nurses, prevention, self-harm, staff, suicide, attempted suicide, attitudes, emergency health services, health professionals;
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