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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.
Foreword. Preface. Part I: Assessment. Suicide risk assessment: a gateway to treatment and management. Enhancing suicide risk assessment through evidence-based psychiatry. Assessing and enhancing protective factors against suicide risk. Behavioral risk assessment of the guarded suicidal patient. Psychiatric disorders and suicide risk. Sudden improvement in patients at high-risk: real or feigned? Part II: Management. Patients at acute and chronic high-risk for suicide : crisis management. Safety management of the patient at risk for suicide: coping with uncertainty. Gun safety management of suicidal patients: a collaborative approach. Suicide risk assessment forms: clinician beware. Imminent suicide, passive suicidal ideation and other intractable myths. Quality assurance review of suicide risk assessments: reality and remedy. Therapeutic risk management of the patient at risk for suicide: clinical-legal dilemmas. Appendix: suicide risk assessment self-test. Index.