Ask suicide-screening questions to everyone in medical settings: The asq'em quality improvement project

Lisa M. Horowitz, Deborah Snyder, Erica Ludi, Donald L. Rosenstein, Julie Kohn-Godbout, Laura Lee, Tannia Cartledge, Adrienne Farrar, Maryland Pao

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Abstract

Suicide in hospital settings is a frequently reported sentinel event to the Joint Commission (JC). Since 1995, over 1,000 inpatient deaths by suicide have been reported to the JC; 25% occurred in non-behavioral health settings. Lack of proper "assessment" was the leading root cause for 80% of hospital suicides. This paper describes the "Ask Suicide-Screening Questions to Everyone in Medical Settings (asQ'em)" Quality Improvement Project. We aimed to pilot a suicide screening tool and determine feasibility of screening in terms of prevalence, impact on unit workflow, impact on mental health resources, and patient/nurse acceptance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-247
Number of pages9
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

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Quality Improvement
Suicide
Joints
Workflow
Health Resources
Mentally Ill Persons
Inpatients
Mental Health
Nurses
Screening
Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Ask suicide-screening questions to everyone in medical settings : The asq'em quality improvement project. / Horowitz, Lisa M.; Snyder, Deborah; Ludi, Erica; Rosenstein, Donald L.; Kohn-Godbout, Julie; Lee, Laura; Cartledge, Tannia; Farrar, Adrienne; Pao, Maryland.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 54, No. 3, 05.2013, p. 239-247.

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Horowitz, LM, Snyder, D, Ludi, E, Rosenstein, DL, Kohn-Godbout, J, Lee, L, Cartledge, T, Farrar, A & Pao, M 2013, 'Ask suicide-screening questions to everyone in medical settings: The asq'em quality improvement project', Psychosomatics, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 239-247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psym.2013.01.002
Horowitz, Lisa M. ; Snyder, Deborah ; Ludi, Erica ; Rosenstein, Donald L. ; Kohn-Godbout, Julie ; Lee, Laura ; Cartledge, Tannia ; Farrar, Adrienne ; Pao, Maryland. / Ask suicide-screening questions to everyone in medical settings : The asq'em quality improvement project. In: Psychosomatics. 2013 ; Vol. 54, No. 3. pp. 239-247.
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