Suicide Risk Assessment and Management: Real-World Experience and Perceptions of Emergency Medicine Physicians

Writtika Roy, Kimberly Roaten, Dana Downs, Fuad Khan, David E. Pollio, Carol S North

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Abstract

To examine gaps in effective self-directed violence risk assessments by emergency medicine physicians. Four focus groups (N = 16 physicians) were conducted, followed by thematic analysis. Eight themes were identified in 1,293 coded passages. Participants discussed the practical ways they deal with the challenges of assessing and managing self-directed violence in low-resource settings. Emergency medicine physicians find mechanistic suicide screenings problematic, especially when intervention options are scarce; they find patient rapport, clinical experience, and corroboration from colleagues to be valuable in addressing the complex challenges of suicide risk assessment and management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Aug 5 2016

Keywords

  • emergency medicine physicians
  • emergency psychiatry
  • focus groups
  • qualitative analysis
  • self-directed violence
  • suicide risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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