Effectiveness of Self Instructional Module (SIM) on Knowledge and Attitude regarding Care of Attempted Suicide Patients among Staff Nurses – A Pre Experimental Study
Keywords:Self-instructional Module, Suicide, Staff nurses, Knowledge, Attitude.
Suicide is a major public health problem and one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. The effects
of suicide go beyond the person who acts to take his/her life; it can have lasting effect on family, friends
and communities. The role of a nurse specific to suicide prevention includes both system and patient level
Objectives of the study:
• To assess the existing knowledge and attitude regarding care of attempted suicide patients among staff
• To evaluate the effectiveness of self –instructional module regarding care of attempted suicide patients
among staff nurses.
• To find out the association of post -test knowledge and attitude regarding care of attempted suicide
patients among staff nurses with selected demographic variables.
Materials and Methods: In this pre- experimental research study non probability convenient sampling
technique was used to select 60 staff nurses from selected Hospitals. A self- structured questionnaire and
attitude scale was used to assess the knowledge and attitude of the staff nurses regarding the care of attempted
Result: The finding of the study revealed that majority 95% (57)of staff nurses had moderate knowledge and
only 5% (3) had inadequate knowledge regarding care of attempted suicide patients in pre-test. After going
through Self Instructional Module, 83.37 % (50) of the staff nurses had adequate knowledge and 16.66% (10)
had moderate knowledge regarding care of attempted suicide patients. The attitude scale findings revealed
that 100% (60)of staff nurses had neutral attitude regarding care of attempted suicide patients in pre-test and
in post-test 100%(60) had positive attitude regarding care of attempted suicide patients.
Conclusion: Study concludes that going through Self-Instructional module helps method in improving
knowledge and attitude of the staff nurses regarding care of attempted suicide patients.
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