Clinical Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk of Suicide (NA2188)

Author(s): Department of Veterans Affairs - Department of Defense

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, COHN/COHN-S, COPS-KT, CRCC, CVE, CVRP, Delaware BON, MSCC, RNs

Credit Hours: 20

CCM Credit Hours: 8

CDMS Credit Hours: 8

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

This course is the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense's Clinical Practice Guideline for Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk of Suicide Version 2.0. This guideline is designed to address the key principles of identification, management, rehabilitation, and clinical care for patients at risk for suicide.

Course Objectives

  1. To promote evidence-based management of patients presenting with Suicidal Self-Directed Violence behavior

  2. To promote the efficient and effective assessment of patients' risks

  3. To identify efficacious intervention to prevent death in individuals presenting with Suicidal Self-Directed Violence behavior

  4. To identify the critical decision points in the management of patients at risk for Suicidal Self-Directed Violence

  5. To promote evidence-based management of individuals with (post-deployment) health concerns and behaviors related to Suicidal Self-Directed Violence

  6. To inform local policies or procedures, such as those regarding referrals to, or consultation with, specialists

  7. To motivate administrators at each of the Federal agencies and patient care access sites to develop innovative plans to break down barriers that may prevent patients from having prompt access to appropriate assessment and care

Course Outline

  1. Introduction

  2. Background

  3. About this Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)

  4. Guideline Work Group

  5. Algorithm

  6. Recommendations
    a. Screening and Evaluation
    b. Risk Management and Treatment
    c. Other Management Modalities
    d. Knowledge Gaps and Recommend Research

  7. Appendix A: Considerations for Suicide Prevention

  8. Appendix B: Self-Directed Violence Classification System

  9. Appendix C: Evidence Review Methodology

  10. Appendix D: Patient Focus Group Methods and Findings

  11. Appendix E: Evidence Table

  12. Appendix F: 2013 Recommendation Categorization Tables

  13. Appendix G: Participant List

  14. Appendix H: Literature Review Search Terms and Strategy

  15. Appendix I: Alternative Text Description of Algorithm

  16. Appendix G: Abbreviations

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