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Patient Opinions About Screening for Suicide Risk in the Adult Medical Inpatient Unit.

Title: Patient Opinions About Screening for Suicide Risk in the Adult Medical Inpatient Unit.
Name(s): Snyder, Deborah J, author
Ballard, Elizabeth D, author
Stanley, Ian H, author
Ludi, Erica, author
Kohn-Godbout, Julie, author
Pao, Maryland, author
Horowitz, Lisa M, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-07-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: As hospital clinicians and administrators consider implementing suicide risk screening on medical inpatient units, patient reactions to screening can provide essential input. This post hoc analysis examined patient opinions about screening for suicide risk in the medical setting. This analysis includes a subsample of a larger quality improvement project designed to screen medically hospitalized patients for suicide risk. Fifty-three adult medical inpatients at a clinical research hospital provided opinions about suicide risk screening. A qualitative analysis of responses to an opinion question about screening was conducted to identify major themes. Forty-three (81%) patients supported screening medical inpatients for suicide risk. Common themes emphasized asking patients directly about suicide, connection between mental/physical health, and the role of screening in suicide prevention. Adult medical inpatients supported screening for suicide risk on medical/surgical inpatient units. Behavioral health clinicians are uniquely poised to champion suicide detection and intervention in the general medical hospital setting. Patient opinions can be utilized to inform thoughtful implementation of universal suicide risk screening in the medical setting.
Identifier: FSU_pmch_27072154 (IID), 10.1007/s11414-016-9498-7 (DOI), PMC5199619 (PMCID), 27072154 (RID), 27072154 (EID), 10.1007/s11414-016-9498-7 (PII)
Grant Number: Z99 MH999999, ZIA MH002922
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
Subject(s): Adolescent
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Risk Factors
Young Adult
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: The journal of behavioral health services & research.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 44

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Snyder, D. J., Ballard, E. D., Stanley, I. H., Ludi, E., Kohn-Godbout, J., Pao, M., & Horowitz, L. M. (2017). Patient Opinions About Screening for Suicide Risk in the Adult Medical Inpatient Unit. The Journal Of Behavioral Health Services & Research. Retrieved from