Practical suicide-risk management for the busy primary care physician

Anna K. McDowell, Timothy W. Lineberry, J. Michael Bostwick

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Abstract

Suicide is a public health problem and a leading cause of death. The number of people thinking seriously about suicide, making plans, and attempting suicide is surprisingly high. In total, primary care clinicians write more prescriptions for antidepressants than mental health clinicians and see patients more often in the month before their death by suicide. Treatment of depression by primary care physicians is improving, but opportunities remain in addressing suicide-related treatment variables. Collaborative care models for treating depression have the potential both to improve depression outcomes and decrease suicide risk. Alcohol use disorders and anxiety symptoms are important comorbid conditions to identify and treat. Management of suicide risk includes understanding the difference between risk factors and warning signs, developing a suicide risk assessment, and practically managing suicidal crises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)792-800
Number of pages9
JournalMayo Clinic Proceedings
Volume86
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

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Risk Management
Primary Care Physicians
Suicide
Depression
Anxiety Disorders
Antidepressive Agents
Prescriptions
Cause of Death
Primary Health Care
Mental Health
Public Health
Alcohols
Therapeutics

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Practical suicide-risk management for the busy primary care physician. / McDowell, Anna K.; Lineberry, Timothy W.; Bostwick, J. Michael.

In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 86, No. 8, 2011, p. 792-800.

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McDowell, Anna K. ; Lineberry, Timothy W. ; Bostwick, J. Michael. / Practical suicide-risk management for the busy primary care physician. In: Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2011 ; Vol. 86, No. 8. pp. 792-800.
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