Year: 1987 Source: General Hospital Psychiatry, v.9, no.6, (November 1987), p.446-452 SIEC No: 19901444

Presents guidelines that are considered fundamental for suicide assessment in the general hospital. Guidelines concern the patient’s statement regarding current suicidal ideation & planning; the presence or absence of delirium, psychosis & depression; what the patient says it makes sense to do; confirmation by a 3rd party & global formulation. Suggestions are presented with the intention of establishing the basis for optimal clinical care & for minimizing legal vulnerability in the evaluation.