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Comment & Response
July 16, 2014

Addressing Suicide Risk in Emergency Department Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
  • 2Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 3Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Columbus, Ohio
JAMA. 2014;312(3):298. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7155

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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