Year: 2017 Source: Psychiatric Times. Published online 22 November 2016. SIEC No: 20170046

A major concern with ED suicide screening tools is the challenge of achieving acceptable sensitivity and specificity. Basic screening assessments for suicidality may alert non-psychiatric clinicians to a patient’s need for further psychiatric assessment and/or treatment. This article reviews some of the issues related to assessment of patients for suicide risk in the ED, and discusses emerging approaches and research that one day will lead to more reliable assessment and interventions that are based more on science than on art or luck.

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