Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide

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Release Date : March 02 2023

VA/DoD clinical practice guideline for the assessment and management of patients at risk for suicide: Version 2.0

The guideline is intended for VA and DoD healthcare practitioners and others caring for individuals at risk for suicide. The guideline provides 22 evidence-based recommendations on the management of patients at risk for suicide, and algorithms are included to promote clinical decision-making processes. The intended outcomes of the guideline are to promote practitioner-patient collaboration in determining the best treatment methods, to emphasize patient-centered care, to optimize health outcomes, to improve quality of life, and to minimize preventable complications.

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