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Title: The Impact of Patient/Client Death on Mental Healthcare Professionals
Author: Harris, Geroge James
ISNI:       0000 0001 3534 3263
Awarding Body: University of Warwick and University of Coventry
Current Institution: Coventry University
Date of Award: 2007
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Patient death is recognised as an occupational hazard for many healthcare professional including mental healthcare professionals. It appears patient death does not only impact on a mental healthcare clinician's professional life but also their personal lives. This is investigated further in chapters 1 and 2. Chapter 1. This chapter reviews the available literature that has investigated the incidence and impact of a patient/client suicide, and the recovery that follows. Findings suggest that althol}gb psychiatrists are'twice as likely to expenence a ( patient/client suicide as psychologists, the impact on their personal and professional lives appear similar. .In the aftermath of a patient/client suicide, both groups ofprofessionals seem to use a variety of support systems, which the majority find helpful. Chapter 2. The second chapter explores the experiences of clinical psychologists who have experienced the death of a client. Four main themes emerged from the qualitati'.'e analysis of the data: personal impact, professional impact, support seeking, and professional individuation. Findings associated to personal impact, professional impact, and support seeking confIrms fmdings previously reported in the quantitative studies. The fmdings related to professional individuation have not been previously identified in any other systematic quantitative studies. Professional individuation is a process where a clinician's personal resources and professional skills merge and can be used in a purposeful and therapeutic manner. It is proposed that experiencing a client death may accelerate this process though support and self-reflection. Chapter 3. In the third chapter, the. lead author reflects on some of the ethical dilemmas including privacy and anonymity, potential risk, misrepresentation and narrative ownership, which he faced whilst conducting the qualitative study described in I chapter 2.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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