Year: 1995 Source: Crisis, v.16, no.1, (1995), p.2, 38 SIEC No: 19950118

This article notes that standards of care for responding to acute suicidal crisis are essentially untested. They have evolved over time. Most studies have been conducted with relatively low-risk patients & the generalizability of their findings is severely limited. The implications of working with untested assumptions are noted. Reminders for caregivers are discussed. Preliminary evidence suggests specific therapies can reduce the incidence of suicidal behaviour in chronically suicidal patients.