Does every allusion to possible suicide require the same response? Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Depressive Disorder
  • Primary Health Care
  • Suicide

abstract

  • Assess patients with major depression or substance abuse for suicide ideation, as they are at elevated risk for self-harm. Severity of suicide ideation is associated with suicide risk. Its assessment, therefore, should proceed sequentially from passive to active suicide ideation, to a specific detailed plan, including intention to harm oneself, reasons for living, and impulse control. Primary care patients at mild to moderate risk for suicide can be effectively treated in primary care settings; however, patients at high risk should be referred to mental health specialists given their need for intensive treatments and frequent monitoring.

publication date

  • July 2006

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 16822448

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 605

end page

  • 12

volume

  • 55

number

  • 7