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Depressed and Suicidal Patients in the Emergency Department: An Evidence-Based Approach

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  • There is good evidence that a large percentage of all ED patients will screen positive for depression/suicidality. Screening for suicidality in the ED can be a critical intervention to get patients the help they need before a crisis.
  • Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a big risk factor for suicidal ideation, but not all those who die by suicide are “depressed.”
  • Risk factors for MDD include female gender, young or old age, being divorced or widowed, black or Hispanic ethnicity, having poor social support, and substance abuse.
  • The strongest predictor for suicide-related outcomes is history of prior suicidal ideation or suicide attempt.

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Authors

Bernard P. Chang, MD, PhD, FACEP; Katherine Tezanos, BA; Ilana Gratch, BA; Christine Cha, PhD

Peer Reviewed By

Nicholas Schwartz, MD; Scott Zeller, MD

Publication Date

May 1, 2019

CME Expiration Date

June 1, 2022

Pub Med ID: 31033267

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