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Thematic Analysis of Medical Notes Offers Preliminary Insight into Precipitants for Asian Suicide Attempters: An Exploratory Study

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College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Singapore 387380, Singapore
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Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119007, Singapore
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School of Psychology, Curtin University, Perth 6102, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(4), 809; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040809
Received: 26 March 2018 / Revised: 17 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 April 2018 / Published: 20 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adult Psychiatry)
One important dynamic risk factor for suicide assessment includes suicide precipitant. This exploratory study used a qualitative paradigm to look into the themes surrounding precipitants for suicide attempts in Singapore. Medical records related to suicide attempters who were admitted to the emergency department of a large teaching hospital in Singapore over a three year period were subjected to analysis. A total of 666 cases were examined (69.2% females; 63.8% Chinese, 15% Malays, 15.8% Indians), ages ranged from 10 years old to 85 years old (Mean = 29.7, Standard Deviation = 16.1). The thematic analysis process that was applied to the textual data elicited key concepts labelled as Relationship issues, Financial strain, Socio-legal-academic—environmental stress, and Physical and mental illness and pain. Interpreted with other recent local research on suicide attempters in Singapore, the findings have implications for informing suicide interventions. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicide precipitants; Asia; suicide attempts; thematic analysis; stress suicide precipitants; Asia; suicide attempts; thematic analysis; stress
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Choo, C.C.; Ho, R.C.; Burton, A.A.D. Thematic Analysis of Medical Notes Offers Preliminary Insight into Precipitants for Asian Suicide Attempters: An Exploratory Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 809. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040809

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Choo CC, Ho RC, Burton AAD. Thematic Analysis of Medical Notes Offers Preliminary Insight into Precipitants for Asian Suicide Attempters: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(4):809. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040809

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Choo, Carol C.; Ho, Roger C.; Burton, André A.D. 2018. "Thematic Analysis of Medical Notes Offers Preliminary Insight into Precipitants for Asian Suicide Attempters: An Exploratory Study" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 4: 809. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph15040809

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