ER Screening for Suicide Risk ~ not so good

TORONTO – May 20/15 –  Physicians, including psychiatrists, often fail to screen for known suicide risk factors in the emergency department (ED) setting, new research shows.

Investigators at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, found established suicide predictors including bullying, childhood trauma and suicidal plan and intent were not commonly assessed. Even though many of these predictors were deemed important by physicians they were missed in ED assessments.

“We looked at risk factors that are commonly missed in the ED department by psychiatrists and ED physicians. We all know that suicide is one of the most frequent mental health–related reason for ED visits. It is still very difficult or impossible for us to predict deaths by suicide,” study coinvestigator Taras Reshetukah, MD, told reporters attending a press briefing here at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2015 Annual Meeting.

“The only tools we have are the actual tools in the clinical assessment. We wanted to know what physicians are using to establish that risk; what risk factors do they consider most important and what risk factors are most often missed,” he added.

More on this article @  Medscape.com

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/845062

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