Journal article

Improving patient care after a suicide attempt

Fiona Shand, Laura Vogl, Jo Robinson

Australasian Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Improving the care that patients receive after a suicide attempt will reduce the risk of a subsequent suicide attempt. We described how care for these patients can be improved and identified the available guidelines. METHODS: We reviewed the literature on crisis and aftercare, psychosocial assessment, risk assessment, brief contact interventions, and brief interventions. RESULTS: People who have made a suicide attempt are at increased risk of suicide, and the period immediately after discharge from hospital is particularly risky. Patients require an empathic response at their first point of contact, comprehensive psychosocial assessment, effective discharge planning, rapid and as..

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