Reducing Suicide Risk: Challenges and Opportunities in the Emergency Department
Department of Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology
Emergency departments (ED) are prime locations for identifying individuals at high risk of suicide and for making life-saving interventions. In an ideal scenario, all ED patients at risk of suicide could be identified and connected with effective, feasible interventions, and this would occur in a supportive system not overburdened by screening or assessment requirements. In this review, we focus on challenges to achieving this ideal--along with potential solutions--at the level of patients, providers, the ED environment, and the larger health care system. .
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Citation: Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Dec;68(6):758-765. Epub 2016 Jul 21. Link to article on publisher's site
Betz, Marian E.; Wintersteen, Matthew; Boudreaux, Edwin D.; Brown, Gregory; Capoccia, Lisa; Currier, Glenn; Goldstein, Julie; King, Cheryl; Manton, Anne; Stanley, Barbara; Moutier, Christine; and Harkavy-Friedman, Jill, "Reducing Suicide Risk: Challenges and Opportunities in the Emergency Department" (2016). University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications. 1228.