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Chaplaincy Encounters Following a Suicide Attempt.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Kopacz, MS; Kane, CP; Pigeon, WR; Nieuwsma, JA
Published in: J Health Care Chaplain
2017

This descriptive study examines the provision of chaplaincy services to veterans who sought health care at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center following a suicide attempt. A system-wide VA database of suicidal behavior was used to identify a cohort of n = 22,701 veterans who survived a suicide attempt. Next, an electronic review of VA clinical records found that n = 7,447 (32.8%) received chaplaincy services in the 30 days following their attempt. Of this group, the overwhelming majority of first chaplaincy encounters took place in in-patient settings: n = 6890 (92.5%). First chaplaincy encounters most often occurred 1-7 days following the attempt: n = 5,033 (67.6%). Most chaplaincy service users had only one chaplaincy encounter: n = 3,514 (47.2%). The findings suggest that, at VA Medical Centers, a relatively sizeable percentage of suicide attempt survivors have contact with chaplaincy services. Additional research is needed to ascertain if chaplaincy services yield any therapeutic benefit for this group.

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Published In

J Health Care Chaplain

DOI

EISSN

1528-6916

Publication Date

2017

Volume

23

Issue

4

Start / End Page

167 / 173

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Veterans
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • United States
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Hospitals, Veterans
  • Female
  • Cohort Studies
 

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Kopacz, M. S., Kane, C. P., Pigeon, W. R., & Nieuwsma, J. A. (2017). Chaplaincy Encounters Following a Suicide Attempt. J Health Care Chaplain, 23(4), 167–173. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2017.1312813
Kopacz, Marek S., Cathleen P. Kane, Wilfred R. Pigeon, and Jason A. Nieuwsma. “Chaplaincy Encounters Following a Suicide Attempt.J Health Care Chaplain 23, no. 4 (2017): 167–73. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2017.1312813.
Kopacz MS, Kane CP, Pigeon WR, Nieuwsma JA. Chaplaincy Encounters Following a Suicide Attempt. J Health Care Chaplain. 2017;23(4):167–73.
Kopacz, Marek S., et al. “Chaplaincy Encounters Following a Suicide Attempt.J Health Care Chaplain, vol. 23, no. 4, 2017, pp. 167–73. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/08854726.2017.1312813.
Kopacz MS, Kane CP, Pigeon WR, Nieuwsma JA. Chaplaincy Encounters Following a Suicide Attempt. J Health Care Chaplain. 2017;23(4):167–173.

Published In

J Health Care Chaplain

DOI

EISSN

1528-6916

Publication Date

2017

Volume

23

Issue

4

Start / End Page

167 / 173

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Veterans
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • United States
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Hospitals, Veterans
  • Female
  • Cohort Studies