How suicide-bereaved family members experience the inquest process: a qualitative study using thematic analysis

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dc.contributor.author Spillane, Ailbhe
dc.contributor.author Matvienko-Sikar, Karen
dc.contributor.author Larkin, Celine
dc.contributor.author Corcoran, Paul
dc.contributor.author Arensman, Ella
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-05T17:21:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-05T17:21:13Z
dc.date.issued 2019-01-29
dc.identifier.citation Spillane, A. ,Matvienko-Sikar, K., Larkin, C., Corcoran, P. and Arensman, E. (2019) 'How suicide-bereaved family members experience the inquest process: a qualitative study using thematic analysis AU - ', International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 14(1), (10 pp). doi: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1563430 en
dc.identifier.volume 14 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 10 en
dc.identifier.issn 1748-2631
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7564
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/17482631.2018.1563430
dc.description.abstract PURPOSE: Suicide bereavement confers unique risk and distress. In several countries, bereaved family members are called on to attend an inquest, an official public inquiry into deaths caused by external factors. The current study aimed to explore how suicide-bereaved family members (n = 18) experienced the inquest process, through qualitative semi-structured interviews. METHOD: Participants were identified via coroner's records and had previously taken part in a case-control study. RESULTS: Qualitative findings indicated four overall themes with respect to family members' experiences of the inquest process: "inquest as fearfully unknown", "structural processes of the inquest", "enduring public and private pain to obtain answers" and "gaining answers and making sense". Most family members experienced distress and fear as a result of several elements of the inquest process. Some participants had positive experiences but these did not outweigh the distress experienced by the majority of family members regarding their overall experience of the inquest process. CONCLUSIONS: Key recommendations include informing family members of the main aspects and purpose of the inquest process beforehand, adapting the process to maximise the privacy and comfort of the bereaved relatives, and restricting graphic evidence being heard, where possible, to minimise distress experienced by family members. en
dc.description.sponsorship Health Research Board ([HRA-2013-PHR-438); SPHeRE programme (SPHeRE/2013/1) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Group en
dc.relation.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17482631.2018.1563430
dc.rights © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Inquest en
dc.subject Coroner en
dc.subject Qualitative en
dc.subject Suicide en
dc.subject Bereavement en
dc.subject Family members en
dc.title How suicide-bereaved family members experience the inquest process: a qualitative study using thematic analysis en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Ailbhe Spillane, School of Public Health, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: ailbhe.spillane@ucc.ie en
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dc.internal.rssid 471596371
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.contributor.funder National Suicide Research Foundation en
dc.contributor.funder SPHeRE programme en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress karen.msikar@ucc.ie en


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