Approaching the suicidal patient
Department of Psychiatry; Family Medicine & Community Health
Crisis Intervention; Humans; Primary Health Care; Risk Factors; Suicide
Curriculum and Instruction | Emergency Medicine | Primary Care | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry
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.
Am Fam Physician. 2003 Nov 1;68(9):1814-8.
American family physician
Stovall, Jeffrey G. and Domino, Frank J., "Approaching the suicidal patient" (2003). Open Access Articles. 9.