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dc.contributor.authorPerry, Amanda
dc.contributor.authorLamont-Mills, A.
dc.contributor.authordu Plessis, C.
dc.contributor.authordu Preez, J.
dc.contributor.authorPyle, D.
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Suicidal ideation and suicidal behaviours are common yet complex mental health presentations that can pose significant challenges for health professionals. The inability to accurately predict the individuals who may move from experiencing suicidal ideation and associated behaviours, to completing suicide, presents one such challenge. This can make it difficult to provide interventions and support to those most in need. Online health communities are one possible source of support for individuals who experience suicidal ideation and behaviours. These communities are becoming an increasingly popular way of accessing support, often with life-saving consequences. Within online communities, support is offered by various individuals including, in some instances, health professionals from various backgrounds, who work as online health community moderators. Given the growth of online communities and the increasing number of health professionals working as moderators, this scoping review seeks to map the literature that has focused on health professionals working as online community moderators, who interact with members experiencing suicidal ideation and behaviours. Mapping the existing literature offers benefits to both research and practice by identifying gaps in the research and providing a beginning knowledge base of current practice that can inform the training and development of health professionals working as community moderators. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This scoping review will follow the methodological framework of Arksey and O’Malley, later adapted by Levac et al. To ensure appropriate rigour, this protocol uses the 20-item Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses and extension for Scoping Reviews. Literature will be identified using a search strategy developed in consultation with a specialist research librarian at the university where the researchers are employed. Ten multidisciplinary databases will be independently searched by two researchers, and both researchers will screen for inclusion, and undertake the data extraction. The first author will perform a quality assessment of the articles that are selected for inclusion. A second researcher will complete a random audit of 20% of the included articles to assess for quality and suitability in answering the research questions. The first author will complete the analysis and synthesis of the data. A numerical and narrative synthesis of the included studies will be provided. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION The scoping review has been deemed as being exempt from ethical review as no data will be collected from human participants. The results of the scoping review may be published in a peer-reviewed journal, thesis, presented at relevant conferences, and shared with relevant knowledge users.en_NZ
dc.publisherBritish Medical Journalen_NZ
dc.rightsThis is an open access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited, appropriate credit is given, any changes made indicated, and the use is non-commercial. See:
dc.subjectmood assessmenten_NZ
dc.subjectsuicide preventionen_NZ
dc.subjectonline supporten_NZ
dc.subjecthealth professionalsen_NZ
dc.subjectonline moderationen_NZ
dc.subjectonline communitiesen_NZ
dc.subjectscoping reviewsen_NZ
dc.titleSuicidal behaviours and moderator support in online health communities : protocol for a scoping reviewen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.rights.holder© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2020.en_NZ
dc.subject.marsden111714 Mental Healthen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden111708 Health and Community Servicesen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationPerry, A., Lamont-Mills, A., du Plessis, C., du Preez, J., & Pyle, D. (2020). Suicidal behaviours and moderator support in online health communities: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open, 10(1), 1-8. doi:doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034162en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleBMJ Openen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Southern Queenslanden_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeLondon, United Kingdomen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaCommunity and Health Services

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