Assessment of suicidal intent in emergency care
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Assessment of suicidal intent in emergency care

James Bethel Senior lecturer and nurse practitioner, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall

The assessment of suicidal intent in first-contact settings, including the emergency department, can be challenging. Inaccurate assessment can lead to increased incidence of self-harm and completion of suicide. This article focuses on factors that may affect review of this patient group, including healthcare professionals’ personal and professional standards and values. Strategies to aid assessment of people presenting with suicidal ideation are discussed.

Nursing Standard. 28, 4,52-58. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 02 April 2013

Accepted: 28 May 2013