Early detection measures and triage procedures for suicide ideation in chronic pain patients.
There is a dearth of writings about early detection of potential suicide patients in chronic pain centers. Early detection measures used at the Vanderbilt Pain Control Center include a Symptom Checklist-90, with questions about depressive symptomatology and "Thoughts of Ending Your Life"; medical and psychological interviews; monitoring of changes in emotional disturbance; and, if warranted, administration of the Scale of Suicidal Ideation. Three case studies are presented that indicate that the results of an assessment measure should be tempered with clinical judgment. Suicidal behavior, including suicidal ideation, is a medical emergency; therefore, there is great need for early detection and triage measures.
Livengood, JM; Parris, WC
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