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
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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