Year: 2000 Source: Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2000. p.661-674 SIEC No: 20010057

In this chapter it is argued the primary care physician has an important role in the prevention of suicide. Prevention should not only be the detection of the high-risk patient but should start early in the development of serious emotional problems which might eventually lead to a suicidal crisis. A number of problems associated with effective prevention by physicians are discussed. Primary care physicians need a thorough knowledge of risk factors & the skills to understand patients as individual human beings. Only the integration of both these factors will allow adequate management of the suicidal patient. (59 refs.)