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.
To download a copy of the guide, visit www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca or www.oha.com.
SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association
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