Year: 2000 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.157, no.10, (October 2000), p.1684-1686 SIEC No: 20010437

This study examines the use of no-suicide contracts by psychiatrists in Minnesota. A postcard questionnaire was mailed to 514 psychiatrists in Minnesota inquiring about their practices & experiences with no-suicide contracts. There were 267 responses. No suicide-contracts were used by 152 of the respondents. Within this group, 62 of the psychiatrists had patients who committed suicide or made serious attempts after entering into a no-suicide contract. No-suicide contracts are not universally accepted as a standard practice among this group of psychiatrists. More data are needed to determine the effectiveness of no-suicide contracts in preventing suicide. (3 refs.)