Suicide Risk Assessment Guide Released

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) are pleased to announce the release of Suicide Risk Assessment: A Resource Guide for Canadian Health Care Organizations. The official launch took place earlier today at the OHA's Patient Safety in Mental Health: Shining a Light on Suicide conference.

"Because previous research by the OHA and CPSI identified suicide risk as a key issue in patient safety, both our organizations recognized the importance of developing this guide," said Tom Closson, OHA President and CEO. "This guide is the first resource of its kind, and was designed to assist Canadian health care organizations with standardizing the process of suicide risk assessment by presenting a framework for suicide risk assessment and creating an inventory of commonly used  suicide risk assessment tools."

The primary goal of the guide is to support health care practitioners and decision-makers by summarizing key aspects needed to carry out a high-quality risk assessment, which include the principles of suicide risk assessment and special considerations for certain populations and care settings. It emphasizes that while suicide risk assessment tools are a part of this process, they should only be used to support the assessment process, rather than to guide it. The guide will also assist organizations as they work to meet Accreditation Canada's "Required Organizational Practice" (ROP) around suicide risk assessment.

"Suicide is an internationally recognized safety issue in health care," said CPSI Chief Executive Officer Hugh MacLeod. "The CPSI and the OHA developed this guide to help with educational programs focused on patient safety in mental health as well as quality improvement initiatives in health care organizations, locally and internationally."

Suicide risk assessment is a multifaceted process for learning about a person, recognizing and addressing their needs and stressors, and working with them to mobilize strengths and supports. This guide has been designed to benefit the patient and help them through their journey to recovery.

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SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association

For further information:

Public Affairs
Ontario Hospital Association
416 205 1345


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