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Preventing Patient Suicide


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ForewordPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPART I: ASSESSMENTChapter 1. Suicide Risk Assessment: A GATEWAY TO TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENTChapter 2. Enhancing Suicide Risk Assessment Through Evidence-Based PsychiatryChapter 3. Assessing and Enhancing Protective Factors Against Suicide RiskChapter 4. Behavioral Risk Assessment of the Guarded Suicidal PatientChapter 5. Psychiatric Disorders and Suicide RiskChapter 6. Sudden Improvement in Patients at High Risk for Suicide: REAL OR FEIGNED?PART II: MANAGEMENTChapter 7. Patients at Acute and Chronic High Risk for Suicide: CRISIS MANAGEMENTChapter 8. Safety Management of the Patient at Risk for Suicide: COPING WITH UNCERTAINTYChapter 9. Gun Safety Management of Suicidal Patients: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACHChapter 10. Suicide Risk Assessment Forms: CLINICIAN BEWAREChapter 11. Imminent Suicide, Passive Suicidal Ideation, and Other Intractable MythsChapter 12. Quality Assurance Review of Suicide Risk Assessments: REALITY AND REMEDYChapter 13. Therapeutic Risk Management of the Patient at Risk for Suicide: CLINICAL-LEGAL DILEMMASAppendix: Suicide Risk Assessment Self-TestIndex

About the Author

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law in the Department of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He is also Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Bethesda, Maryland.


Simon wades through the wealth of research on risk and protective factors with impressive agility, providing a heuristic checklist of individual, clinical, situational, interpersonal, and demographic factors to assess. More than this, he highlights the central importance of the therapeutic relationship as an agent of risk management and adaptive change. -- Joseph J. Guido * PsycCRITIQUES *
This book is an excellent source of information, not only for those new to seeing patients in mental healthcare settings, but also for veteran clinicians. Chapters are relatively brief, but contain volumes of evidence-based data meant to improve a clinician's knowledge, with the added benefit of improving patient safety. The chapter regarding suicide risk assessment forms is vital, and the chapters outlining a complete suicide risk assessment (i.e. including assessing positive factors against suicide risk) are very well done. Overall, this is an outstanding book typical of Dr. Simon's efforts. -- Steven T. Herron, M.D., * Doody's Publishers' Club *

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