Stakeholder views regarding a planned primary care office-based interactive multimedia suicide prevention tool

Anthony Jerant, Paul Duberstein, Camille Cipri, Bethany Bullard, Deborah Stone, Debora Paterniti

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Objectives: Nearly half of all men who die by suicide visit a primary care clinician (PCC) in the month before death, yet few disclose suicide thoughts. We solicited stakeholders’ views to guide development of a tailored multimedia program to activate middle-aged men experiencing suicide thoughts to engage with PCCs. Methods: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 44 adults self-identifying as: suicide attempt survivor; family member/loved one of person(s) who attempted or died by suicide; PCC; non-PCC office staff; health administrator; and/or prevention advocate. We coded recorded interview transcripts and identified relevant themes using grounded theory. Results: Two thematic groupings emerged, informing program design: structure and delivery (including belief the program could be effective and desire for use of plain language and media over text); and informational and motivational content (including concerns about PCC preparedness; fear that disclosing suicide thoughts would necessitate hospitalization; and influence of male identity and masculinity, respectively, in care-seeking for and interpreting suicide thoughts). Conclusion: Stakeholder input informed the design of a primary care tailored multimedia suicide prevention tool. Practice Implications: In revealing a previously unreported barrier to disclosing suicide thoughts to PCCs (fear of hospitalization), and underscoring known barriers, the findings may suggest additional suicide prevention approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)332-339
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


  • Gender identity
  • Health education/methods
  • Interviews as topic
  • Masculinity
  • Men
  • Middle aged
  • Multimedia
  • Patient acceptance of health care
  • Patient participation
  • Physicians
  • Prevention
  • Primary care
  • Primary health care
  • Qualitative research
  • Software
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Suicide


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