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A Neglected Field in Cancer Care: Identification and Management of Suicide Risk
A Neglected Field in Cancer Care: Identification and Management of Suicide Risk

Author(s): Sevda Öztürk, Duygu Hiçdurmaz
Subject(s): Clinical psychology
Published by: Cukurova Universitesi Tip Fakultesi Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı
Keywords: Suicide; cancer; oncology nursing; suicide risk; suicide risk prevention;

Summary/Abstract: Suicide is on the agenda of a number of countries in the world. In this respect, studies on suicide prevention pay special attention to the risk groups among which there are also cancer patients. Physical and psychosocial difficulties experienced during the disease process and some demographic characteristics might be the predictors of suicidal ideation or attempt. Oncology nurses are the members of health care team who provide continuous care for physical and psychosocial needs of cancer patients, and thus they are the ones who can identify suicide risk. However, their lack of knowledge and skills in the assessment and evaluation of suicide, negative attitudes and false beliefs are among the important obstacles of nurses in this area. The aim of this work is to raise awareness on suicide risk in cancer patients and to reveal the roles, responsibilities, problems and needs of oncology nurses regarding this issue.

  • Issue Year: 12/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 243-257
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English