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Health Agencies Update
February 27, 2013

Youth Suicide Screening

JAMA. 2013;309(8):759. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1284

A 4-question screening tool may help emergency department clinicians identify youths at risk of suicide, according to a study by researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health.

The researchers at 3 teaching hospitals screened 524 emergency department patients between the ages of 10 and 21 years using the previously validated Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire (SIQ) and 17 potential screening questions (Horowitz LM et al. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166[12]:1170-1176). Of this group of patients, 344 were seen for conditions classified as medical/surgical and 180 were classified as having psychiatric concerns.