Year: 1998 Source: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, v.34, no.2, (April-June 1998), p.14-23 SIEC No: 20010804

The purpose of this article is to provide information for assessing & intervening with outpatients who express suicidal thoughts & to propose a decision tree. Information was gathered from a literature review & clinical experience. It is concluded careful assessment & sound management are required to provide treatment in outpatient settings while maintaining patient safety. A decision tree can help the clinician to make sound decisions. (52 refs.)