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Table 5 Change in attitudes to suicide prevention: pre-training – 6 months post-training.

From: Dissemination and implementation of suicide prevention training in one Scottish region

Item   N Time 1
(Pre)
Time 3
(6 Month)
Mean
change
P
    Mean SD Mean SD Mean 95% CI* value**
1 I resent being asked to do more about suicide. 59 1.47 0.63 1.39 0.49 -0.08 -0.26 – +0.09 0.384
2 Suicide prevention is not my responsibility. 60 1.58 0.70 1.53 0.70 -0.05 -0.27 – +0.17 0.685
3 Making more funds available to the appropriate health services would make no difference to the suicide rate. 60 2.07 0.73 2.08 0.85 +0.02 -0.23 – +0.27 0.893
4 Working with suicidal patients is rewarding. 59 2.53 0.73 2.39 0.87 -0.14 -0.37 – +0.10 0.191
5 If people are serious about committing suicide they don't tell anyone. 60 2.23 0.74 2.05 0.89 -0.18 -0.39 – +0.02 0.079
6 I feel defensive when people offer advice about suicide prevention. 60 1.98 0.75 1.78 0.64 -0.20 -0.41 – +0.01 0.058
7 It is easy for people not involved in clinical practice to make judgements about suicide prevention. 59 3.17 0.87 3.34 0.90 +0.17 -0.13 – +0.47 0.311
8 If a person survives a suicide attempt, then this was a ploy for attention. 60 1.87 0.62 1.63 0.58 -0.23 -0.40 – -0.07 0.008
9 People have the right to take their own lives. 57 3.37 0.98 3.21 0.94 -0.16 -0.36 – +0.05 0.084
10 Since unemployment & poverty are the main causes of suicide there is little that an individual can do to prevent it. 60 1.78 0.49 1.68 0.54 -0.10 -0.26 – +0.06 0.221
11 I don't feel comfortable assessing for suicide risk. 60 2.67 1.13 1.97 0.78 -0.70 -1.00 – -0.40 0.000
12 Suicide prevention measures are a drain on resources which would be more useful elsewhere. 60 1.67 0.63 1.62 0.67 -0.05 -0.22 – +0.12 0.371
13 There is no way of knowing who is going to commit suicide. 60 2.40 0.76 2.08 0.72 -0.32 -0.48 – -0.15 0.000
14 What proportion of suicides do you consider preventable? 56 2.84 0.83 2.57 0.78 -0.27 -0.47 – -0.07 0.013
  Total 53 31.81 4.49 29.43 4.53 -2.38 -3.35 – -1.41 0.000
  1. Scoring range (per item):1 (positive attitude) – 5 (negative attitude)
  2. *paired t-test **wilcoxon signed ranks test
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