Preventing Patient Suicide: Clinical Assessment and Management

Preventing Patient Suicide: Clinical Assessment and Management

by Robert I. Simon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1585629340

ISBN-13: 9781585629343

Pub. Date: 08/18/2010

Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated

Robert I. Simon, M.D., a preeminent psychiatrist and prolific author on the subject of law and psychiatry, offers a pragmatic and empathic guide for clinicians grappling with that most critical of questions: How can I protect my patients from themselves? Though even the most conscientious psychiatrist cannot prevent every suicide, suicide risk can be assessed,

Overview

Robert I. Simon, M.D., a preeminent psychiatrist and prolific author on the subject of law and psychiatry, offers a pragmatic and empathic guide for clinicians grappling with that most critical of questions: How can I protect my patients from themselves? Though even the most conscientious psychiatrist cannot prevent every suicide, suicide risk can be assessed, managed, and reduced. Dr. Simon acknowledges that the professional environment in which clinicians now practice is often inhospitable to the time-consuming task of understanding the patient; yet "Know thy patient" is his theme and imperative. Readers will benefit from the instructive case examples and commentary.

Suicide risk assessment is a core competency that draws on both art and science. In Preventing Patient Suicide: Clinical Assessment and Management, Dr. Simon synthesizes his clinical experience, the shared clinical experiences of colleagues, and the evidence-based psychiatric literature to create an insightful guide which should be an essential component in any practicing psychiatrist's library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585629343
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/18/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword Jan Fawcett ix

Preface Robert I. Simon xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part I Assessment

1 Suicide Risk Assessment: A Gateway to Treatment and Management 3

2 Enhancing Suicide Risk Assessment Through Evidence-Based Psychiatry 39

3 Assessing and Enhancing Protective Factors Against Suicide Risk 51

4 Behavioral Risk Assessment of the Guarded Suicidal Patient 59

5 Psychiatric Disorders and Suicide Risk 71

6 Sudden Improvement in Patients at High Risk for Suicide: Real or Feigned? 83

Part II Management

7 Patients at Acute and Chronic High Risk for Suicide: Crisis Management 97

8 Safety Management of the Patient at Risk for Suicide: Coping With Uncertainty 115

9 Gun Safety Management of Suicidal Patients: A Collaborative Approach 135

10 Suicide Risk Assessment Forms: Clinician Beware 151

11 Imminent Suicide, Passive Suicidal Ideation, and Other Intractable Myths 159

12 Quality Assurance Review of Suicide Risk Assessments: Reality and Remedy 177

13 Therapeutic Risk Management of the Patient at Risk for Suicide: Clinical-Legal Dilemmas 187

Appendix: Suicide Risk Assessment Self-Test 203

Index 215

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