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Crisis. 2016 Sep;37(5):370-376. Epub 2016 Jul 22.

Considerations in the Use of Interactive Voice Recording for the Temporal Assessment of Suicidal Ideation and Alcohol Use.

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1
1 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua VAMC, Canandaigua, NY, USA.
2
2 Psychiatry Department, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA.
3
3 Department of Psychology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA.
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4 Center for Integrated Healthcare, Syracuse VAMC, Syracuse, NY, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A greater understanding of the temporal variation of suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior is needed to inform more effective prevention efforts. Interactive voice recording (IVR) allows for the study of temporal relationships that cannot be captured with most traditional methodologies.

AIMS:

To examine the feasibility of implementing IVR for the assessment of suicidal ideation.

METHOD:

Participants (n = 4) receiving a brief intervention based on dialectical behavior therapy were asked to respond to three phone-based surveys each day over 6 weeks that assessed suicidal ideation and alcohol consumption.

RESULTS:

Participants completed 77.7% of daily assessments, reported that calls were not burdensome, and indicated that calls were sometimes helpful in interrupting suicidal ideation.

CONCLUSION:

The preliminary data reported here provide optimism for the use of IVR and other forms of ecological momentary assessment in the exploration of the antecedents of suicidal behavior.

KEYWORDS:

ecological momentary assessment; interactive voice recording; suicidal ideation

PMID:
27445015
DOI:
10.1027/0227-5910/a000408
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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