Managing suicide risk in General Practice
Managing a patient who is potentially suicidal has to be one of a GP’s most feared and challenging experiences.
How high is the risk? Should the patient be scheduled? What can the doctor say or do that will mitigate the risk of suicide? What works? A recent meta-analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry goes some way to answering this question.
According to the US researchers who, after analysing results from 14 eligible studies including 4, 720 patients, found that quite simple, brief interventions – sometimes even in the form of a teleconsult –not only helped reduce the risk of suicide, but also helped improve engagement with mental health services in patients considered at high risk, courtesy of a previous suicide ...