Research is the groundwork for determining the effectiveness of patient care protocols and how to create new ones. Healthcare professionals require reliable and credible evidence to base these clinical and practice on (Holloway & Peart, 2018). A dissemination can be defined as conveying the purpose and findings of a research study into different platforms: Training seminars, conferences and literature (Berry, Yost, Samuels-Dennis, Berry, & LoBiondo-Wood, 2018). This dissemination will focus on the lived experiences of youth who took part in suicide prevention programs.

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Evidence based practice involved applying research and knowledge into clinical practice, this ensures safer and consistent care (Holloway & Peart, 2018). As nursing students we have always been encouraged to seek out the best practice guidelines for our care as it ensures accurate and safe patient care will be provided. Evidence based practice takes into account the best possible evidence in research which is why it is so essential for nurses to incorporate into their practice (Holloway & Peart, 2018).

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In today’s society the severity of mental health issues has been prevalent, however it is an issue that remains unaddressed. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 14-19  (King, Gipson, Horwitz & Opperman, 2015). This issue has large implications for nurses as it was discovered that most youth who complete suicide were in contact with a health care provider one month before their death (Biddle, Sekula, Zoucha & Puskar, 2010). Although there is current research on this topic it remains quantitative and the participants are adults (Latakienė & Skruibis, 2015). The lived experiences between youth and adults are drastically different which is why qualitative literature is needed for this aggregate. Without such research health care professionals are struggling to create evidence based guidelines to best suit adolescents struggling with suicidal idealisation.

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This project can inform researchers because there is limited literature on the qualitative lived experiences of youth who have been in suicide prevention programs. There is minimal research about the lived experiences of this aggregate, most research has focused on adults and is quantitative (Curtis, 2010). Getting insight into the lived experience of suicidal youth can help build a collection of data that can hopefully result in better patient care. Due to this lack of research mental health professionals and other providers have limited access to qualitative research to provide effective care and great best practice guidelines (Hoffmann, Myburgh, & Poggenpoe, 2010).

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Many factors can improve or impede the dissemination process. One of the most accepted methods is to use evidenced based practice models which can include: John Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Model or the Iowa Model (Berry, Yost, Samuels-Dennis, Berry, & LoBiondo-Wood, 2018). In order to improve the dissemination process there needs to be effective communication (Berry, Yost, Samuels-Dennis, Berry, & LoBiondo-Wood, 2018). This can encompass the inclusion of social workers, mental health specialists and healthcare professionals as the correct audience. If the dissemination was brought to their attention they could largely impact its acceptance in society and to form new guidelines.

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Berry, C. A., Yost, J., Samuels-Dennis, J., Berry, C. A., & LoBiondo-Wood, G. (2018). Study guide for Nursing research in Canada: Methods, critical appraisal, and utilization. Milton, ON, Canada: Elsevier Canada, a division of Reed Elsevier Canada.

Biddle, V. S., Sekula, L. K., Zoucha, R., & Puskar, K. R. (2010). Identification of suicide risk among rural youth: implications for the use of HEADSS. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 24(3), 152-167. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2009.03.003

Curtis, C. (2010). Youth perceptions of suicide and help-seeking: “They’d think I was weak or ‘mental.’” Journal of Youth Studies, 13(6), 699–715. Retrieved from http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/login.aspx?inst=cambrian&url=http://search.ebscohost.com.eztest.ocls.ca/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ904117&site=eds-live

Hoffmann, W., Myburgh, C., & Poggenpoe, M.. (2010). The lived experiences of late-adolescent female suicide survivors: ‘A part of me died.’ Health SA Gesondheid: Journal of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Vol 15, Iss 1, Pp E1-E9 (2010), (1), e1. https://doi-org.eztest.ocls.ca/10.4102/hsag.v15i1.493

Holloway, S., & Peart, J. (2018). Evidence-based reviews: principles and methodological considerations. Wounds UK, 14(5), 26–32. Retrieved from http://ra.ocls.ca/ra/login.aspx?inst=cambrian&url=http://search.ebscohost.com.eztest.ocls.ca/login.aspx?direct=true&db=c8h&AN=132756178&site=eds-live

King, C. A., Gipson, P. Y., Horwitz, A. G., & Opperman, K. J. (2015). Teen options for change: an intervention for young emergency patients who screen positive for suicide risk. Psychiatric Services, 66(1), 97-100. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201300347

Latakienė, J., & Skruibis, P. (2015). Attempted suicide: qualitative study of adolescent females’ lived experience. International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach / Tarptautinis Psichologijos Zurnalas: Biopsichosocialinis Poziuris, (17), 79–96. https://doi-org.eztest.ocls.ca/10.7220/2345-024X.17.5


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