Year: 2009 Source: Psychiatric Services, v.60, no.7, (July 2009), p.994 SIEC No: 20090408

In this letter to the editor, the authors report on a study in which they analyzed the quality of clinical records of patients seen in 4 public university hospitals in Madrid after a suicide attempt. Information about previous suicide attempts was missing from 435 records (44%). Records for first-time attempters were more complete. The authors suggest the use of semistructured screening instruments to improve assessment & thus ensure the implementation of clinical guidelines. (5 refs.)