Reviewer: Elaine M. Scorza, MS, APRN, BC (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: According to the description given by the cover jacket, the product produced by Joint Commission Resources provides a compendium or resources, strategies, and tips for reducing the risk of suicide in behavioral healthcare centers, hospitals, long-term care, and assisted living situations.
Purpose: This is a first time compilation of previously published Joint Commission Resources as well as interviews with experts in 2004 which explains the Joint Commission's requirements in the areas of risk reduction and, at the same time, offers suggestions and solutions for meeting these requirements based on the experiences of health care organizations.
Audience: The CD Rom is quite useful as a summarized resource of both standards and how to meet them.The book had well met the authors' objectives throughout the work.
Features: This book is targeted towards clinicians in Behavioral Healthcare and other professionally related settings, and is useful to students of the helping professions towards a better understanding of the known nature of suicidal behavior. These audiences are appropriate. The Joint Commission is uniquely qualified to present both resources and standards based on sound data compiled nationally...Generally, the book moved from first being descriptive in the statistics behind the suggestions to the standards themselves, erupting from those numbers, to discussions from experts about ways of thinking about suicide interventions and the reasons and insights behind those interventions. The illustrative cases at the end were the finale to the story of why and how interventions can be effective in reducing consequences of suicidal behavior. The only shortcoming of the work seemed to be the lack of more illustrations.
Assessment: The information contained in the CD-ROM is progressively informative, well written, and concise, considering that it covered a range of information from statistical, theoretical, and discussive, to practical. The ease of use is another plus. The work could be enhanced further by a few more simple illustrations and possibly video clips in a future edition, making fuller use of the capabilities of the CD-ROM venue.