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Med Clin North Am. 2010 Nov;94(6):1089-102. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2010.08.002.

An approach to the patient in crisis: assessments of the risk of suicide and violence.

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Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, 15 Parkman Street, WAC 812, Boston, MA 02114, USA. rbrendel@partners.org

Abstract

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and is defined as intentional self-harm with the intent of causing death. Various mental disorders may be a cause for increased violence. This article outlines the elements of the risk assessment (for harm to self and/or others) in patients in crisis and addresses which contributing factors may be modifiable. This article also proposes a practical framework for the management of risk regarding suicide and violence.

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20951271
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10.1016/j.mcna.2010.08.002
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