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May 13, 2007

Suicide Risk Assessment: What Providers Need to Know
Linda Gettinger-Dinner, RN, MSN, DHSc, ARNP, CCM

Suicidal behavior is complex, and despite the best available expertise and exemplary care, some individuals who threaten suicide will complete it. There is no current rating scale or algorithm proven to be of predictive value in the clinical assessment of suicide. A thorough assessment of the individual remains the only valid method of determining risk.

Assessments are based on a combination of the background conditions and the current factors in a person’s life and the way in which they are interacting.

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