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Table 2 Attitudes towards suicide according to the Understanding Suicidal Patients (USP) scale

From: Attitudes toward suicidal behaviour among professionals at mental health outpatient clinics in Stavropol, Russia and Oslo, Norway

  Stavropol Oslo P
n = 119 n = 229
Mean (95 % CI) Mean (95 % CI)
Scale (11 = positive to 55 = negative) 21.8 (20.9–22.6) 18.7 (18.1–19.2) <0.001
Men 22.6 (20.5–24.7) 18.7 (17.9–19.5) <0.001
Women 21.7 (20.7–21.6) 18.6 (17.9–19.3) <0.001
Psychologists 22.7 (21.7–23.7) 18.4 (17.6–19.2) <0.001
Physicians 20.5 (17.1–23.9) 18.9 (17.3–20.4) 0.261
Nurses 19.5 (17.6–21.4) 18.0 (16.7–19.3) 0.160
USP items
1. Patients who have attempted suicide are usually treated well at my workplace 1.7 (1.6–1.8) 1.4 (1.3–1.7) <0.001
3. I am usually sympathetic and understanding toward a patient that has attempted suicide 1.9 (1.7–2.1) 1.5 (1.4–1.6) <0.001
4. I do my best for a patient who has attempted suicide, to make them feel safe and cared 1.6 (1.5–1.8) 1.3 (1.2–1.4) <0.001
5. It is usually difficult to meet a patient who has tried to take his/her life 2.3 (2.1–2.6) 3.0 (2.8–3.2) <0.001
6. I do my best to speak with a patient who has attempted suicide about his/her personal problems 1.7 (1.5–1.8) 1.3 (1.2–1.4) <0.001
9. Because patients who have attempted suicide have emotional problems, they need the best possible treatment 1.5 (1.4–1.7) 1.3 (1.2–1.4) 0.006
  1. Scale:
  2. 1 = Totally agree, 2 = Partly agree, 3 = Nor agree or disagree, 4 = Partly disagree, 5 = Totally disagree