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Lack of Trust in the Health-Care System After Losing a Child to Suicide: A Nationwide Population Survey
Karolinska institutet.
Karolinska institutet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1835-1960
Karolinska sjukhuset, Göteborgs universitet.
Karolinska institutet.
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2015 (English)In: Crisis, ISSN 0227-5910, E-ISSN 2151-2396, Vol. 36, no 3, 161-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Lack of trust in the health-care system after losing a child to suicide may prevent bereaved parents from seeking professional treatment when needed, thus diminishing their chances of recovery.

AIMS: This is the first large study to aim at evaluating the incidence of lack of trust in the health-care system and associated variables in suicide-bereaved parents.

METHOD: This nationwide population-based survey included 569 parents who lost a child to suicide 2-5 years earlier and a matched comparison group of 326 nonbereaved parents. Using a study-specific questionnaire, we asked bereaved and nonbereaved parents if they trusted the health-care system and measured psychological and background variables.

RESULTS: Prevalence of lack of trust in the health-care system differed between the bereaved (46.5%) and the nonbereaved parents (18.3%), giving a relative risk of 2.5 (95% CI = 2.0-3.3). After multivariable modeling, high scores of depression, living in big cities, and being single were identified as variables associated with lack of trust in suicide-bereaved parents.

CONCLUSION: Suicide-bereaved parents show lack of trust in the health-care system. We present possible effect modifiers that may be considered in professional interventions aiming at influencing suicide-bereaved parents' level of trust.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 3, 161-172 p.
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Suicide survivor, Bereavement, Trust, Health care, Distrust
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4806DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000312PubMedID: 26122260OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-4806DiVA: diva2:847951
Available from: 2015-08-21 Created: 2015-08-21 Last updated: 2015-09-18Bibliographically approved

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