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Determining suicide risk (hint: a screen is not enough).

Authors
  • Fiedorowicz, Jess G
  • Weldon, Kija
  • Bergus, George
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of family practice
Publication Date
May 01, 2010
Volume
59
Issue
5
Pages
256–260
Identifiers
PMID: 20544044
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An individualized assessment is essential to identifying relevant risk factors. Use direct questions, such as, "Have you had any thoughts about killing yourself?" to screen for suicidal ideation. Ask a family member or close friend to ensure that any guns or other lethal means of suicide are inaccessible to the patient at risk. Avoid the use of "no harm" contracts, which are controversial and lack demonstrated effectiveness.

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