Title

Approaching the suicidal patient

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry; Family Medicine & Community Health

Publication Date

11-19-2003

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Crisis Intervention; Humans; Primary Health Care; Risk Factors; Suicide

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Emergency Medicine | Primary Care | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry

Abstract

The suicide of a patient can be devastating to the family and to the family physician. The patient's death may shake the physician's confidence, undermine any willingness to work with patients with a mental illness, and provoke professional and legal review. In an attempt to help the family physician prevent suicide, this article reviews known risk factors and offers a strategy for assessing these factors in individual patients. The authors outline interventions that fit the existing level of risk and provide suggestions for the physician in the event of a completed suicide.

Source

Am Fam Physician. 2003 Nov 1;68(9):1814-8.

Related Resources

Link to article in PubMed

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American family physician

PubMed ID

14620601