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Feasibility of railway suicide prevention strategies; a focus group study
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Environmental Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0293-1795
2012 (English)In: Advances in Safety, Reliability and Risk Management / [ed] Bérenguer, Grall & Guedes Soares, London, 2012Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Suicide is a major public health concern all over the world. Five percent of all suicides in Sweden occur on railways, and from a railway safety perspective suicide constitutes a majority (about 75 %) of all railway-related fatalities. The aim of this study is to explore preferences for preventative strategies against railway suicide among relevant professional groups. A focus group approach was chosen. Based on a pre-designed model, themes raised for discussion included reducing attractiveness, physical barriers, psycho-logical deterrents, technical surveillance and train design properties, each of them resulting in some concrete measures proposed by the participants. We found a general acceptance and understanding among practitioners of our earlier theoretically derived strategies to prevent railway suicide, although individual participants ex-pressed some scepticism regarding how far one can go in hindering determined individuals. Several concrete proposals were met with optimistic expectation and support.

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London, 2012.
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Public Health Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-16055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-16055DiVA: diva2:573622
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European Safety & Reliability Conference - ESREL 2011 - Troyes, France
Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved

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