In Reply We agree with Dr Hoyer that there is ample room for improvement in the emergency care of suicidal patients and that priority should be given to research on emergency assessment and management. We further agree that screening for suicide risk, which seldom occurs in routine emergency care,1 can alert emergency staff to individuals who may be at high risk.
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