UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Center for Integrated Primary Care

Publication Date


Document Type



Behavioral Medicine | Health Psychology | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Psychiatry and Psychology


Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common among mental health patients and are a source of stress for clinicians, who typically receive limited formal training on suicide. The U.S. Air Force initiated a project to enhance care and increase practitioner confidence when working with suicidal patients. A clinical guide was developed containing 18 recommendations for assessing and managing suicidality, strategies for meeting the recommendations, and clinical tools to facilitate quality care. Training opportunities and marketing efforts accompanied distribution of the guide. This initial article reviews the guide's development, content, and evaluation plan as a model that other health care systems, clinics, or training programs can follow to enhance care for suicidal patients. Outcome data will be presented in a follow-up article.


suicidality, U.S. Air Force, clinical guidelines, suicide

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In the public domain.

DOI of Published Version



Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 36(2), Apr 2005, 208-218. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice


At the time of publication, Christine Runyan was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.