But often the indicators of impending suicide are missed or not acted on. a misperception that contributes to a “failure to ask about suicide risk” on the part of health care professionals, the recommendations said. The document also highlighted the idea that, “most health care professionals are not aware of newly developed brief interventions for suicide, leading to the assumption that they should not ask about suicide because there is nothing practical that can be done in ordinary health care settings.”
One limitation of the recommendations is that they might be interpreted as “standard of care” for medicolegal purposes, warned, during the session’s discussion period. In addition, the evidence base for some of the recommended procedures is not very strong, such as risk stratification, said Dr. Berman, a clinical psychologist and former executive director of the American Association of Suicidology.
Dr. Hogan, Dr. Andrews, and Dr. Berman had no disclosures.