Repeat Substance-Using Suicidal Clients—How Can We Be Helpful?
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Care of clients with mental health and substance abuse problems accounts for a significant proportion of all emergency department (ED) visits. This qualitative research project sought to understand the ED experiences of men with a history of suicidal behavior and substance abuse and those of the emergency personnel who work with them. Understanding the unique positions of care providers and this client population in the ED setting can assist the social worker to advocate for this highly vulnerable group of clients and to assist an interprofessional team to develop better crisis interventions.
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