QPR for Doctors and Nurses


6 hours


25 lessons


Taught by two 2 world-class expert faculty (PhD and MD)

You will receive the access key to the course within 24 hours of your purchase.

One in five of those die by suicide saw their Primary Care Provider within 24 hours of their death. "Last medical contact" before suicide is even higher among the elderly, with almost 50% of suicide victims having seen their doctor within the past week. These contacts are “missed opportunities” to prevent death by suicide.

Modularized in a rich mix of text, video, voice-over PowerPoint™ lectures, interactive practice sessions, and other state-of-the-art e-learning technologies, the QPR for PCPs is a skill-based training program intended to improve your clinical skills by learning to employ current best practices when working with patients at risk of suicide.

The QPR for Doctors and Nurses is intended to prevent suicide not just among patients, but among colleagues, co-workers, and family members.

This course teaches basic QPR as well as its application as a verbal screening tool that can be used in general medicine, either inpatient or outpatient. A skills-based training, it includes foundational information about suicide as a public health problem, an orientation to the link between mental illness and suicide, and evidence-based treatments for patients at risk of suicidal behaviours.

This course also teaches means reduction, safety planning and continuity of care. Non-suicidal self-injury, short-term predictors of suicide attempts, and a guided brief assessment interview protocol are included. A community strategy for addressing risk and protective factors in preventing veteran suicide is included. A bonus module covering best practices for preventing late-life suicide is available.

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

Describe suicide as a major public health problem
Explain the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
Identify unique verbal, behavioural, and situational suicide warning signs
Recognize at least three suicide warning signs
Recognize at least three risk factors for suicide
Recognize at least three protective factors against suicide
Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and intent to act to intervene with patients at risk of suicide
Explain how to engage and assist a suicidal colleague or co-worker
Conduct a brief assessment of the suicide risk interview
Engage supportive third parties in the assessment and care
Describe means reduction and how to reduce access to lethal means
Describe a safety plan and know how to develop one with a patient
Understand and employ a continuity of care plan
Outline the elements of at least one theory of suicidal behaviour
Define and describe self-injurious behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
Demonstrate increased knowledge about suicide and its causes
Describe clinical groups at high risk for suicide
Describe the relationship of mental illness and substance abuse to suicide
Demonstrate basic intervention, assessment, and risk management skills in simulated patient interactions


Please note that our courses are not certified for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits. Online courses do not come with the supervision necessary to practise in real life situations. Participant accounts will remain active for one year from the date of purchase, allowing ample time to complete the course.

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