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Section 7
Appropriately Documenting Suicide Risk Assessment

Question 7 | Test | Table of Contents

Follow-up and Monitoring of Patient at Risk for Suicide

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1. Documentation of Clinical Care p. 137
2. Monitoring after Recovery p. 137

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- The Assessment and Management of Risk for Suicide Working Group. (June 2013). VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Version 1.0, p. 123-137, references p. 177-190. 

Best Practices in Suicide Risk Assessment Documentation

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1. Timeliness
2. Referral
3. Risk Factors
4. Protective Factors
5. Diagnosis
6. Follow-up Recommendations
7. Consultation
8. Collateral Information

- U.S. Marshals Service. Best Practices in Suicide Risk Assessment Documentation.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Carter, G., & Spittal, M. J. (2018). Suicide risk assessment: Risk stratification is not accurate enough to be clinically useful and alternative approaches are needed. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 39(4), 229–234.

Picard, E. H., & Rosenfeld, B. (2020). How clinicians incorporate suicide risk factors into suicide risk assessment. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Advance online publication.

Regehr, C., LeBlanc, V. R., Bogo, M., Paterson, J., & Birze, A. (2015). Suicide risk assessments: Examining influences on clinicians’ professional judgment. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(4), 295–301.

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