Year: 1995 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.152, no.11, (November 1995), p.1601-1607 SIEC No: 19950871

At admission, clinicians failed to document a history of suicidal behaviour in 12 of 50 patients identified by research assessment as depressed & as having attempted suicide. Fewer total suicide attempts were clinically reported than in research data. Documentation of suicidal behaviour was least accurate in the physician discharge summary & was most accurate on hospital intake assessment which employed a semistructured format for recording clinical information including suicidal behaviours.