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Study Points to Risk Factors That May Predict Suicidal Behavior Within 12 Months of ED Visit

Prior self-injury and alcohol abuse are among the variables identified as predictive of suicidal behavior 12 months after an initial positive screen for suicide risk in the emergency department (ED), according to a report published this week in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Researchers from several institutions, who presented the findings at a meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians in Chicago last year, analyzed data from the Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ED-SAFE). The latter was an eight-center study designed to test an approach to universal screening...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Friday, 4 December, 2015

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