Preventing suicide in primary care patients: The primary care physician's role Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Primary Health Care
  • Suicide

abstract

  • Suicide is a critical public health problem that primary care physicians potentially can help address given that distressed patients frequently visit them in the weeks and months preceding the successful suicide. This article considers factors placing the patient at high risk for successful suicide and clinical assessment techniques available to the primary care physician. Patients who wish to harm themselves but still lack an articulated plan for doing so can be treated by the primary care physician with the monitoring assistance of a depression care manager and appropriate consultation by a mental health specialist.

publication date

  • September 2004

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2004.06.007

PubMed ID

  • 15474633

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 337

end page

  • 45

volume

  • 26

number

  • 5