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New Study Examines Effectiveness of ED Interventions in Preventing Suicide

A new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzes emergency department (ED) intervention effectiveness in preventing suicidal behavior. Using data from 1376 ED patients across multiple centers, the study compared the impact of treatment as usual to treatment that included screening, resources and calls focused on reducing suicide risk. Overall, the authors found that ED intervention resulted in a 5 percent decrease in the proportion of patients who later attempted suicide, and a 30 percent decrease in the total number of suicide attempts over the one-year follow-up period.