Year: 1994 Source: Nursing Times, v.90, no.34, (August 24-30, 1994), p.37-39 SIEC No: 19940753

This case study describes the nursing treatment of a suicidal 30-year-old male in an interim secure unit. The process of in-depth assessment is described & the design of a single-case methodology which enabled the evaluation of different treatment interventions is explained. The consistent use of care plans & the use of cognitive counselling was more effective than psychotropic medication in reducing the patient’s depression & suicidal urges. (6 refs.)