Suicide-related discussions with depressed primary care patients in the USA: gender and quality gaps. A mixed methods analysis.
Vannoy, S.~~Robins, L.~~~
To characterise suicide-risk discussions in depressed primary-care patients. Suicide ideation is present in a significant proportion of depressed primary care patients but rarely discussed. Men, who carry the highest risk for suicide, are unlikely to disclose their ideation or be asked about it. Patient-centred communication and positive healthcare climate do not appear to increase the likelihood of suicide related discussion. Physicians should be encouraged to ask about suicide ideation in their depressed patients and, when disclosure occurs, facilitate discussion and develop targeted treatment plans.