ACTively Integrating Suicide Risk Assessment Into Primary Care Settings

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Abstract

Adequate evaluation and response to suicide risk require (i) awareness of need, (ii) comfort gathering key information, and (iii) ongoing training. A survey administered at 2 urban primary care settings in the process of implementing integrated care measured awareness, comfort, and training related to suicide risk assessment among 31 primary care providers (PCPs). Greater PCP comfort asking patients about psychological trauma was associated with more frequent engagement in safety planning with suicidal patients. Findings highlight the need for trauma-informed primary care while showcasing the importance of enhancing PCP training to support their expanded role within the integrated health team.

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