Year: 2003 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, v.64, no.12, (December 2003), p.1520 SIEC No: 20080200

In this letter to the editor, Aldrich comments on an article by Busch et al (2003) on inpatient suicide. He discusses the apparent ineffectiveness of close watch precautions & no-suicide contracts for suicidal patients. He asserts the frequent failure of these procedures is due in part to their self-fulfilling prophecy that suicidal patients have already found a way to die. The reply of Busch & her colleagues follows.